The mathematics department in the 6th Street Innovations Academy Program is designed to allow students to learn in the manner that best suits their individual learning styles.  Students have the option to use a variety of resources to learn information.  These resources include textbooks, web searches, teacher delivered instruction, and peer support.  Student levels are identified as they arrive in the program and then they are provided a learning packet, which includes all required material for their current level of instruction.  Each of these packets is known as a “Contract.”  Students must complete four (4) contracts in order to move to the next level.  Contracts are available for Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II.

The mathematics classroom also employs alternative seating options.  The classroom does not utilize desks, instead has tables with chairs, low tables, carpeted floors, and a couch corner.  Students are encouraged to find a place where they feel comfortable and productive within the classroom.  The design focuses on providing students a leisurely space that feels warm, inviting, and is a space they want to be a part of.  Within the classroom, focus on community, appropriate social interactions, and positive work ethic are at the forefront of expectations.  Students are aware of the expectations early and are encouraged to maintain these standards not only in the classroom but also in all aspects of their daily life.  It is the intention that when students complete their time within the mathematics program they will have a better understanding of being self-sufficient and reliant in order to foster their personal learning needs.

Christopher Stevens