Berwick Academy Math Departmental Vision
Berwick Academy math faculty are committed to preparing students for successful roles in an ever-changing society through curriculum, instruction, and assessment that is dynamic, intellectually challenging, and attentive to the diverse needs of students. Students use problem solving, reasoning skills, creativity, and collaborative skills to be critical thinkers able to make sense of the world.
The math and computer science programs continue to build on the important foundational work of the Middle School math program. Students at all skill levels are challenged and engaged with lessons and curricula designed to foster thinking and depth of understanding. Collaboration with peers is a cornerstone of the Berwick mathematics experience; revision of ideas and clarity of expression is promoted through communication and feedback. Our students build confidence and ownership of ideas with inquisitive discovery and thoughtful application. . Technology is integrated into math classes to enhance instruction and the learning of concepts as needed, but never at the expense of person-to-person interaction. Students looking for ways to use their skills and explore beyond the classroom are encouraged to participate in the Upper School Math or Robotics Teams, and/or apply their specialized interests to a Berwick Innovation Project.
Computer Science at Berwick Academy mixes traditional topics and algorithms with experiential learning. Trimester elective courses are offered to introduce and extend programming concepts; students have opportunities to explore robotics, app development, graphics, gaming, microcontrollers and engineering through these electives. Students may also opt for year-long courses which have a more theoretical approach, involving larger case studies and more extensive projects.
Faculty are committed to growth and self-reflection and model these for students, who in turn, are able to reflect on their own learning and growth. While we are committed to preparing students for mathematical success in college, we are equally committed to preparing our students to problem solve, take mathematical risks and think critically through every endeavor they encounter. We believe the study of mathematics fosters the development of logical reasoning, attention to detail, and ability to make abstractions, skills that apply to multiple disciplines and life skills.