Math Mindset

The instruction of mathematics has evolved and for some has created confusion, questions about the need for change, and/or a feeling of helplessness when trying to assist with homework. Math is about more than solving for the correct answer; it is about understanding mathematical concepts and applying them in situations we encounter in our everyday lives.

In support of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District’s (LVJUSD) mission, each student will graduate with the skills needed to contribute and thrive in a changing world. LVJUSD has developed an elementary mathematics curriculum designed to: support students to make sense of mathematics and learn that they can be mathematical thinkers; focus on computational fluency with whole numbers as a major goal of the elementary grades; provide substantive work in important areas of mathematics- rational numbers, geometry, measurement, data, and early algebra- and the connections among them; and emphasize reasoning about mathematical ideas.

A guiding principle of the curriculum is for students to come to school with ideas about numbers, shapes, measurements, patterns, and data. Students build on ideas they already have and learn about new mathematical concepts they have never encountered. They learn mathematical content and develop fluency and skill that is well-grounded in meaning. Through this curriculum, students develop mathematical confidence and realize they are capable of having mathematical ideas, applying what they know to

new situations, and thinking and reasoning about unfamiliar problems.