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Putting the Practices Into Action (eBook)

Implementing the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice K-8

By Susan O'Connell, John SanGiovanni

Unpack the Standards for Mathematical Practice and explore their power for developing deep mathematical understanding. This book will be an invaluable resource as you work to develop mathematically proficient students who go well beyond simply memorizing facts and formulas.


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Read Chapter 2: Exploring Standard 1: Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them

“This book will be your roadmap to implementing the CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice.  The explanations, examples, activities, and suggestions are intended to guide you to a deepened understanding of the Practice Standards so your classroom is filled with students who reason, apply, and truly understand mathematics.” Susan O’Connell and John SanGiovanni

The Standards for Mathematical Practice promise to elevate students’ learning of math from knowledge to application and bring rigor to our math classrooms.  But how can we incorporate the Practices into our teaching and ensure that our students develop these critical skills?  Sue O’Connell and John SanGiovanni unpack each of the eight Practices and provide a wealth of practical ideas and activities to help you quickly integrate them into your existing math program.  Putting the Practices Into Action breaks each standard down to address:

  • why the standard is important
  • how to interpret and understand the standard
  • how to bring the standard into your current teaching.

The authors show the true power of the standards by describing how they intermingle, blending together to empower students to use math and think mathematically.  With classroom vignettes, sample activities, and helpful teaching tips, Putting the Practices Into Action brings the standards to life by illustrating what they look like in real classrooms.  Discover how to integrate the Practices into your teaching, and let the journey of implementation begin.


Ch. 1: The Evolution of Standards-Based Teaching
Ch. 2: Exploring Standard 1: Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
Ch. 3: Exploring Standard 2: Reason abstractly and quantitatively
Ch. 4: Exploring Standard 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
Ch. 5: Exploring Standard 4: Model with mathematics
Ch. 6: Exploring Standard 5: Use appropriate tools strategically
Ch. 7: Exploring Standard 6: Attend to precision
Ch. 8: Exploring Standard 7: Look for and make use of structure
Ch. 9: Exploring Standard 8: Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning



Putting the Practices Into Action offers readers information that will broaden their understanding of the practices and help them engage students in making sense of mathematics…Clearly a resource for classroom teachers, this book is a guide for preservice teachers and teacher educators as well; I highly recommend it.”

Clare V. Bell, Teaching Children Mathematics

“This text, with the thought provoking tasks and vignettes, offers teachers a great resource for teaching in a way that engages students with the SMP. Tasks are provided for varying grade levels so that teachers across the elementary grades and middle grades can use this as a resource.”

Natasha Gerstenschlager, Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School

“Each of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are thoroughly and thoughtfully addressed in a way that helps the reader first understand the standard…I have not found another text that has thoroughly addressed these practices and has offered so many activities and strategies for implementation. Putting the Practices Into Action does not disappoint!”

Sarah Masters, elementary teacher who blogs at Guided Math Adventures

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