SASD Implements New Bridges Elementary Math Curriculum

October 6, 2021

The Sheboygan Area School District has implemented a new elementary curriculum called Bridges in Mathematics this school year. The curriculum was successfully piloted last year and is being implemented at the 4K and elementary levels starting this fall.

Bridges features a combination of whole-group, small-group, and independent activities that are problem centered. The program is structured with three main activities: Number Corner, Problems & Investigation, and Work Places.

  • Number Corner is a daily skill-building program that revolves around the classroom calendar, offering some preview and review of math skills.
  • Problems & Investigation is the core, on-level instruction for all students and is much more interactive and engaging than a traditional math curriculum (discussion and interaction with math).
  • Work Places are learning activities using games and hands-on learning related to core instruction. The games give teachers easy tools for support or enrichment depending on students’ individual needs.

“The most exciting thing about this curriculum is that it is truly comprehensive and accessible to all students. It offers support within the curriculum, rather than having to pull outside resources in, to meet the varied needs of all students,” said Eric Spielman, Coordinator of Student & Instructional Services in the Sheboygan Area School District.

The Bridges math curriculum is more engaging than a traditional math program and gives students the opportunity to describe observations, explain methods, and ask questions. Students are encouraged to find multiple ways to solve programs and show different ways of thinking. This is a vital way to help students build more flexible and efficient ways to solve increasingly complex problems.

Editor's Note: As non-instrumentality charter schools, Lake Country Academy and Sheboygan Leadership Academy utilize their own curriculum and programs.


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