The Carnegie Learning Approach
Some partnerships are simply meant to be. Carnegie Learning and One Stone is one of those partnerships. Our philosophical approach, values, and goals for student learning are consistent across the board. We are both seeking to provide equitable opportunities for students to access content in ways that empower them to bring creativity, problem-solving, and passion to the work they do and the people they help.
Carnegie Learning believes in a student-centered approach to the classroom where students work collaboratively, engaging their prior knowledge and experiences. They develop that knowledge to grow their understanding and then demonstrate that growth. In this classroom, students are valued for what they can bring to the discussion. Every student is encouraged to use their voice and understands that their ideas are respected. It is this type of environment that One Stone provides for their students, one that Carnegie Learning wants to help achieve in classrooms everywhere.
Carnegie Learning values the process of problem-solving. It is not always about finding the solution, but how you get to a solution. We provide students with the opportunities to make sense of problems, strategize different pathways that could lead to a solution, and determine if the solution proves viable. Similar to One Stone’s desire to empower students as problem-solvers, our problem-based approach to mathematics leverages real-world tasks to help empower students to develop the problem-solving skills they will need as they move beyond the classroom.
One Stone students were the ones who decided to use MATHia, our personalized math learning software that uses artificial intelligence to tutor each student 1-on-1, which is not surprising given One Stone’s student-led approach to learning. The students tried MATHia and recognized how it could support them and help them to gain confidence as they develop as mathematicians and problem-solvers. The real-time feedback, hints, step-by-step problems, progress bar, and other tools work to build students’ ownership of their mathematical growth. MATHia’s individualized pathways coach students on exactly the skills they need, allowing them to take their own specific journeys through math. No matter where those journeys take them, they will have developed the mathematical toolbox that will help them make sense of the world around them.
One Stone’s approach has opened their students’ eyes to the mathematics that surrounds them. The students now recognize that math is much more than simple multiplication facts, fractions, or solving equations. They see math everywhere, from the spins of a dancer to the edge of a knife blade to winning sporting events. We are thrilled to partner with them and share these stories with you as you work to bring these same core values to your classroom.
Click here to read the companion post to this piece by Allison Parker and Caitlyn Scales of One Stone.
Sarah Galasso began her career teaching secondary mathematics in Anaheim, CA. Sarah’s passion for math education and supporting diverse learners led her to the University of CA, Irvine, where she worked to provide professional development for southern California school districts as they developed K–12 standards-aligned math curricula. She also partnered with Student Achievement Partners writing a series of blog posts on the Standards for Mathematical Practice for AchievetheCore.org. As the Director of Instructional Design, Math (6-12), Sarah applies her knowledge to help produce high quality instructional resources and tools to support student growth.Explore more related to this author
We provide students with the opportunities to make sense of problems, strategize different pathways that could lead to a solution, and determine if the solution proves viable.
Sarah Galasso, Master Math Practitioner, Carnegie Learning