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Math Department Identity

Our principal has challenged us (me and the other two math teachers) to articulate who we are as a math department. I’m trying to consider what that means in order to work on answering it. So far, here are the questions I think we need to address:

  1. What are our overall mathematical goals for our students?
  2. In what ways does our department work toward the goals of the school as a whole?
  3. What is distinctive about our math program?
  4. What is our perspective on the nature of mathematics, and how does this perspective influence our instruction?
  5. What is our perspective on the purpose of mathematics, and how does this perspective influence our instruction?

What other questions should I add to the list?

Have you gone through an exercise like this in your own department? Any additional thoughts?

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