At ISI, we use the AERO Common Core Plus standards to teach math, in addition to several math books in English and Icelandic to ensure that our students are exposed to a variety of problem-solving methods and will develop these skills in both English and Icelandic (depending on the language stream into which the child is enrolled).
AERO Common Core Plus Standards
ISI adopted AERO Common Core Plus standards in Math in August 2014. The standards and benchmarks for each grade level can be found below. In order to reach these standards we use a combination of teacher generated materials, selected math books in English and Icelandic and online sites such as Kahn Academy,IXL, Learnzillion and Stærðfræðitorg.
For Icelandic learners, the Sproti, Stika and Skali series of books is published here in Iceland by Námsgagnastofnun. The curriculum is flexible and can be used to facilitate individualized learning. Publishers hope that these math materials facilitate students of varying ability levels to acquire basic skills in mathematics.
The curriculum is flexible and can be used to plan individualized learning.The idea behind this curriculum is to find different ways adapt these materials for a wide group of students and their individual needs Above all, teachers strive to keep students feeling confident in their growing math abilities.
The core Singapore Math® curriculum for grades 1-6 is called Primary Mathematics. There are two books that are used together, a textbook and a workbook. The textbook is used as a class activity book during the lesson, and the workbook is used for independent practice. The curriculum is flexible and can be used to facilitate individualized learning.
For students in grades K-3 in the Bilingual Stream, Singapore books are used for reference as well as enrichment for the Icelandic math program.
According to the Singapore Math official website, the race is on among nations to create knowledge-fueled innovation economies. In Singapore and other countries around the world, educational improvement is viewed as a critical part of that mission. Singapore appears frequently in the research used to arrive at the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics in the US. It is therefore not surprising that Singapore Math programs are well-aligned with those standards.
Apps and Technology
To support our students in reaching their math goals, we use a variety of programs and apps in addition to the above materials. Our favorites include IXL, Learn Zillion and Khan Academy. These sites specialize in dynamic, adaptive learning that allows students to progress at their own pace without feeling overwhelmed. With these programs, students can access practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning help. Icelandic-speaking students also use the Staerdfraeðitorg website.
International Math Day
Each year, students come together for International Math Day, a day of activities designed to celebrate math! On Math Day, there is a specific theme and our staff works hard to develop fun games and crafts which explore the theme for students of all ages and ability levels.
Geometry was the theme at ISI on our most recent International Math Day, celebrated on February 1, 2019. Students took part in a variety of creative and engaging activities, both inside and out in the snow!