The Batesville School District is committed to putting Students First. One of the ways we do this is by building problem-solving math communities with Standards for Mathematical Practice — how our brains know and use math — to inform our mathematical teaching practices. Here you will find information about mathematical programs, research, and resources.
Meet our Mathematics Specialist
My name is Alisha Inman-Cummings, and I am the Math Specialist for the Batesville School District, and I am dedicated to providing Mathematics support to teachers. I am a former elementary classroom teacher, a National Board Certified Teacher, have been designated as a Master Professional Educator, am a research-nerd, and mom to four amazing kids.
What do I do?
- Collaborate with administrative staff to ensure fidelity of mathematics instruction across campuses
- Coordinate Mathematical Professional Development for BSD
- Present professional development, train, and work with BSD staff in math instruction and all the components of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
- Complete coaching cycles with teachers regarding mathematical instruction and the 5 Equity-Based Instructional Practices — Going Deep with Mathematics, Leverage Multiple Mathematical Competencies, Affirm Mathematics Learners' identities, Challenge Spaces of Marginality, and Draw on Multiple Resources of Knowledge.
- Complete walk-throughs in classrooms to observe math instruction.
- Assist in reviewing and analyzing State and local mathematical assessment data to formulate improvement plans and work with PLCs at each campus.
- Assist in reviewing, aligning, and analyzing mathematics curriculum.
AR Math QuEST
AR Math QuEST
AR Math QuEST (Quantitative Essentials for Students and Teachers) is a journey for ambitious teaching that promotes equity and engagement of all students in meaningful mathematics learning experiences of reasoning and problem-solving. AR Math QuEST empowers educators and families to help students develop identities as doers of mathematics to increase student achievement. This student-centered approach to teaching math starts with what students already know and builds on their natural number sense and intuitive approaches to problem-solving. Problem-based learning is based on 30 years of research. It's a framework that helps teachers to understand how children's mathematical ideas develop and provides an opportunity to build on the child's own thinking and understanding. Problem-based learning is a critical thinking and application approach to learning mathematics through discovery, inquiry, and discourse.
The goals are as follows:
- Eliminate achievement gaps
- Increase problem-solving and reasoning
- Build positive identities as doers of mathematics
Because of AR Math QuEST, the focus on math progression for your child has shifted from learning procedures with memorization to building procedural fluency and conceptual understanding through connection to meaning and application.
The NCTM's (National Council for Teachers of Mathematics) Mathematics Teaching Practices and the Standards for Mathematical Practice are the research-based foundation for exemplary teaching and learning. Ambitious mathematics teaching involves skilled ways of eliciting and responding to each and every student in the class so that they learn worthwhile mathematics and come to view themselves as competent mathematicians.
In a mathematics class, students should not just learn about mathematics, they should do mathematics. This can be defined as engaging in the mathematical practices: making sense of problems, reasoning abstractly and quantitatively, making arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others, modeling with mathematics, making appropriate use of tools, attending to precision in their use of language, looking for and making use of structure, and expressing regularity in repeated reasoning.
This research has been conducted through TIMSS over the last three decades across the world, and it is derived from thousands of studies conducted in multiple countries. The Mathematics Practices and Ambitious Mathematics instruction has culminated in a preponderance of evidence to inform how mathematically proficient learners develop; why some have difficulty; and how we can most effectively assess and teach and, therefore, improve student outcomes through prevention of and intervention for mathematics difficulties.
Decades of research tells us that in order to learn mathematics, students should spend time in math class doing mathematics — Students learn mathematics as a result of solving problems. Mathematical ideas are the outcomes of the problem-solving experience rather than the elements that must be taught before problem-solving.
K-Algebra I Curriculum
K-Algebra I Curriculum • Eureka Math & Illustrative Math
What is Eureka Math?
Thoughtfully constructed and designed like a story, Eureka Math is meticulously coherent, with an intense focus on key concepts that layer over time, creating enduring knowledge. Students gain a complete body of math knowledge, not just a discrete set of skills. They use the same models and problem-solving methods from grade to grade, so math concepts stay with them, year after year.
- Kindergarten ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
- 1st Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
- 2nd Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
- 3rd Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
- 4th Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
- 5th Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • 1st Quarter Curriculum Guide • 2nd Quarter Curriculum Guide • 3rd Quarter Curriculum Guide
What is Illustrative Math?
The Illustrative Mathematics curriculum provides teachers with coherently sequenced materials based on the standards and research-based learning trajectories to support students’ learning. Illustrative Mathematics is rigorous, problem-based, and fully aligned to the standards, with coherence across grade bands. Illustrative Math focuses on supporting teachers in the use of research-based instructional routines to successfully facilitate student learning, is highly rated by EdReports for meeting all expectations across all three review gateways, and the problem-based pedagogy that is the foundation of the IM curriculum will make the rigorous learning standards accessible to all learners.
- 6th Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • Accelerated Curriculum Overview
- 7th Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview • Accelerated Curriculum Overview
- 8th Grade ‣ Curriculum Overview
- Algebra I ‣ Curriculum Overview