We designed Teach to One: Math to enable students to explore the beauty and complexity of mathematics while also building habits for lifelong success. The following 10 core design tenets guided the development of the model.
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1. Complete Learners
Students explore, question, defend, and build mathematical ideas, while also growing as curious, motivated, and collaborative members of their school community.
2. Able to Meet Students Where They Are
Students learn what they’re ready to learn in ways that are mindful of—but not exclusive to—grade-level expectations. This allows some students to catch up on pre-grade skills and others to get ahead with post-grade material.
3. Personalized Pathways
Students have personalized learning paths that are frequently and thoughtfully tailored just for them. They are able to accelerate their own learning, regardless of their individual starting point.
4. Shared Ownership Between Students and Teachers
Students and teachers build deep, caring relationships that enable them to share ownership for learning and feel collectively accountable for ambitious student learning outcomes.
5. Timely, Actionable Data
Teachers access information every day that allows them to plan their lessons based on timely, up-to-date, actionable data about student progress and lesson activities. Teachers always know what their students understand and what they are working toward.
6. Multiple Integrated Approaches to Learning
Students coherently experience math through multiple integrated approaches to learning. This variety allows them to develop deep conceptual understandings, explore complex situations, and share their ideas.
7. Competency-Based Learning
Student pace is driven by their individual progress, rather than that of a group. As students demonstrate their understanding of mathematical skills or concepts, they are able to move ahead to new ideas.
8. Continual Regrouping
Students work with anyone who shares their strengths and needs. Different students ready to learn the same mathematical skill or concept are continually regrouped with one another to work together and achieve their goals.
9. Collective Teacher Responsibility
Teachers cultivate a culture of adult collaboration to benefit the needs of all students. Adult learning communities thrive when teachers grow together, share their practices, and partner with one another (and with us) in support of student learning.
10. Flexible Use of Space
Students learn in flexible classroom environments that can simultaneously support multiple approaches to learning in order to accommodate each student’s daily activities.