Math Power Hour
WDES Math Power Hour
Washburn Elementary School has begun a new way to deliver math instruction to our students in an effort to meet their individual needs. No longer will your child have to follow a prescribed math curriculum based on their age or grade level. Now we will teach them what they need to know when they are ready to know it and then move them on when they are ready to move.
Teachers will be teaching specific math standards for a 6-9 week period of time while we focus on one math domain for all grades K-6 (for example, we are starting with Counting and Cardinality, Operations and Algebraic Thinking). When they begin a new standard, your child’s teacher will send home a letter describing what they are working on. You can also access resources by clicking on the name of your child’s math teacher. Once your child has demonstrated proficiency in that standard they are able to move on to the next level. If the teacher has concerns regarding your child’s ability to move at an acceptable pace they will be sure to contact you.
Students will receive scores on assessments that are on a 4-point proficiency scale:
1- Does Not Meet proficiency: Even with teacher support, the student cannot
complete tasks associated with the standard. The student is dependent on the
teacher and cannot accurately complete an assessment for this standard.
2- Partially Meets Proficiency: With teacher support, the student can
complete tasks associated with this standard. The student is dependent on the
teacher and provides frequent incorrect responses on assessments for this
3 – Meets Proficiency: The student does not need teacher support to complete
tasks associated with this standard. The student is independent and rarely
makes errors on assessments for this standard.
4 – Exceeds Proficiency: The student does not need teacher support,
completes all tasks, and can teach others about those tasks. The student is
independent, does not make errors, and can go beyond what is asked for on
We are so excited to be able to customize math instruction to meet your child’s individual needs. We hope that this new approach to the Power Hour is more informative for you regarding your child’s strengths and weaknesses in mathematics.
If at any point you have questions or concerns, please contact Mrs. Cote at 455-4504.