Our math vision through the lens of the HTH design principles: Equity, Collaborative Design, Personalization, & Authentic Work
Equity in practice at High Tech High

All voices are heard and valued

The classroom structures are set up so that students see value in each other’s thinking

Problems are discussion worthy and the focus is on understanding and making sense of the mathematical concepts (not just the right answer)

We recognize that being mathematically “smart” means:

Asking questions

Making connections and identifying patterns

Predicting and making conjectures

Representing ideas visually

Experimenting with new approaches

Collaborating to help ourselves and others develop ideas

Being a skeptic

Collaborative Design in practice at High Tech High

Use instruction to build a classroom based on collaborative learning as opposed to competition, where students see and value each other as resources

Students coconstruct mathematical knowledge together

Teachers collaborate with colleagues and students to plan lessons and anticipate student thinking
Personalization in practice at High Tech High

Student ideas and problem solving strategies are the foundation for daily mathematical discussion

Students reflect on their learning regularly and set goals for themselves

Teachers confer with students to build relationships and support students in their goal setting

Feedback focuses on strengths and areas for growth
Authentic Work in practice at High Tech High

Students do the work of mathematicians:

They problem solve

Justify their reasoning to others

Communicate their ideas

Listen to and skepticize each other’s mathematical ideas

Compare different ways to solve a problem

Discuss big mathematical concepts

Reason quantitatively and abstractly

Apply mathematical reasoning to problems and patterns in the world around them

Publicly present their thinking
