About the Pedagogy of EMPower
EMPower moves away from having students memorize formulas and follow procedures. Instead students:
The EMPower curriculum focuses on learning for understanding. It embeds teacher support and is transformative, yet realistic, for multilevel classrooms.
EMPower challenges students and teachers to consistently extend their ideas of what it means to do math. The curriculum focuses on mathematical reasoning, communication, and problem solving with a variety of approaches and strategies, not just rote memorization and symbol manipulation.
Mathematics is meaningful within a social context. While mathematical truths are universal, the meaning and relevance of numbers changes according to the setting and culture. Therefore, the EMPower pedagogy is focused on sets of connected activities that require communication and discourse. The program fosters a learning community in which students are encouraged to expand their understanding of mathematics through:
Key features of curriculum activities provide:
Research and resources that influence EMPower pedagogy include: