Understanding the Standards for Mathematical Practice
"When you teach a child something you take away forever his chance of discovering it for himself." -- Jean Piaget


The Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP) are an essential piece of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). While the CCSSM provides the what, the SMP in many ways provide the how. In this course, we explore the SMP - how to create a classroom that supports students' mathematical practice, how to engage students in rich mathematical thinking, and how to evaluate the progression of students' practice. We model these practices in our own sessions, but we will also utilize video vignettes, student work, and our own mathematical investigations to dig deeply into the SMP and to reflect on our own practice. The central mathematics content that is used as the glue for this week is number and algebra. We treat this content in an integrated way, though, connecting number and algebra to geometry and to data and probability in some unexpected ways.


"Nature by Numbers"
  • Video of mathematics in nature

Released Items and Information
  • Smarter Balance Assessment Consortium

Illustrative Mathematics
  • A collection of the Common Core Standards with illustrations

Hunt Institute
  • Video collection sahring supportive information on the Common Core

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