Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School uses enVisionmath2.0 as its mathematics curriculum. Two key steps to the core instructional model in enVisionmath2.0 are as follows:
STEP 1 PROBLEM-BASED LEARNING
Introduce concepts and procedures with a problem-solving experience.
STEP 2 VISUAL LEARNING
Make the important mathematics explicit with enhanced direct instruction connected to Step 1.
COMMON CORE STANDARDS
The standards identify three aspects of a rigorous program: conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and applications. enVisionmath2.0 has a core instructional model that facilitates conceptual understanding. To begin, concepts emerge as students solve a problem in which new concepts ae embedded (problem-based learning). Then, those concepts are made explicit through direct instruction (visual learning) that is supported by high-level, question-driven classroom conversations.
Procedural skills are taught with understanding using concrete and pictorial representations, place-value concepts, and properties. Resources ae provided to help all students achieve fluency.
Applications include rich, cognitively demanding tasks and a variety of problem situations, as well as infused instruction and reinforcement of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Core Knowledge Curriculum is simple and powerful: knowledge builds on knowledge. The science content reflects the fact that knowledge, comprehension and vocabulary are intimately related. The materials are designed to provide children sustained time on a variety of domains (bodies of knowledge) through shared read-alouds and discussions. This coherent organization of content is critical to building knowledge, inferring new vocabulary, and enabling comprehension. After that read-alouds, children engage in activities that extend the ideas of the read-aloud. In this way, the lessons create rich, academically oriented, oral language experiences that promote both receptive and expressive language skills.