Mathematical Practice Standards

February 7, 2020

Classroom Stories: Building Mathematical Structure

Paul shares a story about a surprising discovery he made while observing Emma and challenges us with a question: “How can we run a school in a way that gives teachers the time and support to watch and listen actively and to recognize, understand, and help children build on the underlying mathematical ideas?”
January 9, 2020

MP6 Attend to Precision

Mathematically proficient students try to communicate precisely to others.
December 3, 2019

MP8 Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Mathematically proficient students notice if calculations are repeated, and look both for general methods and for shortcuts.
November 21, 2019

MP2 Reason abstractly and quantitatively

Mathematically proficient students make sense of quantities and their relationships in problem situations.
November 21, 2019

MP5 Use appropriate tools strategically

Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem.
November 21, 2019

MP3 Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others

Mathematically proficient students … justify their conclusions, communicate them to others, and respond to the arguments of others. They … distinguish correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed, and—if there is a flaw in an argument—explain what it is.
November 21, 2019

MP4 Model with mathematics

Mathematically proficient students can apply the mathematics they know to solve problems arising in everyday life…. In early grades, this might be as simple as writing an addition equation to describe a situation.
November 21, 2019

MP1 Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Mathematically proficient students start by explaining to themselves the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points to its solution.
November 21, 2019

MP7 Look for and make use of structure

Mathematically proficient students look closely to discern a pattern or structure.