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Hanover Mathematics: Empowering All Students

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Welcome to the Mathematics Instructional Content Area website!

MISSION STATEMENT
Hanover County Public Schools mathematics teachers strive to provide a quality mathematics education that empowers all students.

GOALS

  • Provide the highest quality mathematics education for each student while meeting and exceeding state and national standards.

  • Encourage all students to study mathematics throughout their school years.

  • Encourage all students to use and communicate mathematics confidently and effectively.

  • Prepare all students for a technologically changing world.

STATEMENT OF BELIEFS
The Hanover County Mathematics Program is built on the belief that all students can learn mathematics.  Students are empowered to do mathematics in a supportive environment where they are encouraged to explore, create, construct, prove and share ideas.  Multiple and varied experiences and applications allow students to understand mathematical concepts and to make connections between mathematics and their world.  Instruction must include opportunities for students to communicate their personal understanding orally, in writing, and through representation.  All students can develop an appreciation and understanding for the beauty of mathematics when these critical elements 
are present. 

The following beliefs guide curriculum development and renewal of the program into the twenty-first century.

  • Mathematics is an essential skill in our technologically rich society;

  • All students can learn meaningful mathematics;

  • Higher level mathematical thinking must be encouraged from kindergarten through twelfth grade;

  • Developmental differences among students should be accommodated;

  • Stimulating materials should be used to support learning;

  • Technology is both a component and a support of mathematics learning;

  • Real world applications give purpose to mathematics learning and better understanding to mathematical concepts;

  • Mathematics should be approached as a connected unified subject; and

  • Written objectives, instructional practice and assessment strategies must be aligned in a coherent curriculum.