Developing Rich Classroom Culture

Igniting, Inspiring and Engaging students is possible with a thoughtfully designed curriculum that provides the opportunities for children.

From purposeful activity, the core mathematical competencies find their roots in our young mathematicians.

5 Core Competencies

Number Sense

Inquisitive playfulness around numbers and quantities allow students to think flexibly in order to make sense of the math.  Growing skills and developing fluency rely on the ability to understand and make sense of the methods that will be introduced in the years to come.


After instruction, students are encouraged to repeat work with each concept independently or often with a partner. Question cards are tools that offer children prompts or reminders while modeling language so that students can re-engage in follow up and practice work without the oversight of a teacher. Learning how to express the mathematical idea while listening to differing perspectives is important work at this level.



The use of materials and manipulatives is critical in providing opportunities to see math by modeling it, modifying it, making predictions, and connecting to bigger ideas.  Templates and scaffolding activities allow for concepts to reveal themselves in multiple ways.  Through the hands, our students connect the cognitive processes as they move through concrete, pictorial in the development of abstraction.


Creating opportunities for children to have choice in different types of activities or perhaps the options on the level of difficulty is important in the Developing Roots program. Establishing an expectation of student ownership over the choice and the results provides room for students to develop a positive risk tolerance.  Journaling in the think!Pads and reflecting on experiences is seamlessly incorporated into the daily routines on an individual basis.  Opportunities to think about decisions; to convince, reason and justify are critical in developing mathematical confidence that will last a lifetime.  


Student excitement toward learning in the classroom results from engagement in tasks that highlight essential concepts, allowing our children to make sense of the world around them.  Finding joy in these experiences, without fear, allows for honest self-assessments as our young students naturally become partners in skill development through the power of choice and independence.  Developing Roots takes very seriously the responsibility to create equitable access to math for every student through creative, purposeful and meaningful student work.