Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Math Practices Made Easy: Technique #1

Welcome to a new Life, Love, Literacy blog series, Math Practices Made easy. This series is inspired by the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practices. The Standards for Mathematical Practices are important because they "describe the varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should be developing" in our students. While we have specific standards in each domain at each grade level, we should be embedding the standards for mathematical practices in all that we do.

In this series, you will find a simple teaching technique, the math practices that the technique supports, and links to helpful videos and resources related to the technique. I hope you find simple ways to ensure that the mathematical practices are being incorporated into your math instruction.

Do you need a quick overview of the Standards for Mathematical Practices? Earlier this year, I worked to understand the Standards for Mathematical Practice. I created a free resource that summarizes the Standards for Mathematical Practice. (I needed this resource for myself to help me wrap my brain around the Standards for Mathematical Practice so I hope it is helpful to you too!)


  1. I am so excited you are doing these posts. I am a Teaching and Learning Coach and am guiding my teachers through implementing Common Core. My goal for this semester is to become more versed in Math standards and the mathematical practices so I can be a strong resource for my teachers.
    Thank you for this post. I look forward to following you through this. :)

    1. Antoinette, thank you so much for this encouragement. I am super excited about this blog series and am keeping a running list of ideas to share. When I first posted this one, I felt kind of silly because it is so simple. But then I thought, that is the whole point--to show how EASY implementing the math practices can be. And, we all have to start somewhere so these ideas will be a way to get teachers headed in the right direction.



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