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Putting the Practices Into Action: Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice


Developed by Susan O'Connell and John SanGiovanni
Based on their PD resource, Putting the Practices Into Action: Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice, K-8
Recommended Grade Level: Grades K - 8th

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe eight "habits of mind" that promise to elevate students' learning of math from knowledge to application and bring rigor to our math classrooms. But how can we incorporate these Practices into our teaching and ensure that our students develop these critical skills? In this seminar you will first carefully unpack each of the Practices and then you will be given practical ideas and activities to help you quickly integrate them into your existing math program.

Course goals:

  • Identify the key elements of the practice standards and their link to content standards.
  • Identify ways to support the development of students' problem-solving skills.
  • Identify classroom tasks that help students connect real situations to abstract representations.
  • Identify strategies for justifying solutions and processes and ways to engage students in developing mathematical arguments.
  • Identify varied ways to model math ideas and recognize the importance of models to solve math problems and recognize the importance of models to solve math problems.
  • Identify strategies for helping students select and use appropriate tools as they explore math.
  • Recognize that precision relates to calculations and communication and identify classroom tasks that build math vocabulary to promote precise communication.
  • Recognize the role of patterns and functions and identify ways to support understanding of math properties.
  • Recognize the role of repetition in developing mathematical thinking and use repetition to develop shortcuts, rules, and generalizations.

For seminar pricing information, please call 800.541.2086, ext. 1402.


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