FORSAN AMERICAN SCHOOL

FORSAN AMERICAN SCHOOL

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CURRICULUM INFORMATION

Academics/Curriculum


Forsan American school curriculum is comprised of a combination of the top research-based curriculums and instructional approaches currently used in American schools throughout the United States.
The combination of these help provide the foundational academic skills, critical thinking, and social development to help set students on a pathway to success in the 21st Century.
The school is designed to provide a core curriculum that prepares students to enter schools, colleges, and universities in the United States. In addition to the core classes of Math, English, Science, and Social Studies, students also take an another foreign language (French), Music, Visual Arts, Computer, and Physical Education. Additionally, Forsan American complies with the Ministry of Education's requirements for teaching Islamic Education and Arabic (National Studies, Religion, Arabic Language).
Forsan American’s framework for Literacy and Mathematics is based on the Common Core Standards. Common Core is designed to develop the critical-thinking, problem-solving, and analytical skills students will need to be successful. Forty-two states, the District of Columbia, four territories, and the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) use this framework. Common Core establishes clear, consistent guidelines for what every student should know and be able to do in math and English language arts from kindergarten through 12th grade.
The standards also provide a way for teachers to measure student progress throughout the school year and ensure that students are on the pathway to success in their academic careers.
The curriculum is more than textbooks and courses, but also about instructional strategies and assessment approaches. To learn more about Common Core,
visit www.corestandards.org .
Mathematics Key Elements
Greater focus on fewer topics
  1. Rather than racing to cover many topics in a mile-wide, inch-deep curriculum, the standards ask math teachers to significantly narrow and deepen the way time and energy are spent in the classroom.

 This means focusing deeply on the major work of each grade as follows:

  • In grades K–2: Concepts, skills, and problem solving related to addition and subtraction.
  • In grades 3–5: Concepts, skills, and problem solving related to multiplication and division of whole numbers and fractions.
  • In grade 6: Ratios and proportional relationships, and early algebraic expressions and equations.
  • In grade 7: Ratios and proportional relationships, and arithmetic of rational numbers.
  • In grade 8: Linear algebra and linear functions. 
  1. This focus will help students gain strong foundations, including a solid understanding of concepts, a high degree of procedural skill and fluency, and the ability to apply the math they know to solve problems inside and outside the classroom.

Math (con’t)

Coherence: Linking topics and thinking across grades

  1. Mathematics is not a list of disconnected topics, tricks, or mnemonics; it is a coherent body of knowledge made up of interconnected concepts. Therefore, the standards are designed around coherent progressions from grade to grade. Learning is carefully connected across grades so that students can build new understanding onto foundations built in previous years. For example, in 4th grade, students must “apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction by a whole number” (Standard 4.NF.4). This extends to 5th grade, when students are expected to build on that skill to “apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication to multiply a fraction or whole number by a fraction” (Standard 5.NF.4). Each standard is not a new event, but an extension of previous learning.
  1. Coherence is also built into the standards in how they reinforce a major topic in a grade by utilizing supporting, complementary topics. For example, instead of presenting the topic of data displays as an end in itself, the topic is used to support grade-level word problems in which students apply mathematical skills to solve problems.

 Rigor: Pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application with equal intensity

  1. Rigor refers to deep, authentic command of mathematical concepts, not making math harder or introducing topics at earlier grades. To help students meet the standards, educators will need to pursue, with equal intensity, three aspects of rigor in the major work of each grade: conceptual understanding, procedural skills and fluency, and application.

Conceptual understanding: The standards call for conceptual understanding of key concepts, such as place value and ratios. Students must be able to access concepts from a number of perspectives in order to see math as more than a set of mnemonics or discrete procedures.

Procedural skills and fluency: The standards call for speed and accuracy in calculation. Students must practice core functions, such as single-digit multiplication, in order to have access to more complex concepts and procedures. Fluency must be addressed in the classroom or through supporting materials, as some students might require more practice than others.

Application: The standards call for students to use math in situations that require mathematical knowledge. Correctly applying mathematical knowledge depends on students having a solid conceptual understanding and procedural fluency.