Mathematics 3 – 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice. TLQP 2013-14 Tom Sweeney The Sage Colleges. Sources. http://www.corestandards.org/ http://www.parcconline.org/ http://engageny.org / http://www.illustrativemathematics.org/ http://www.achievethecore.org/ http://commoncoretools.me/
The Sage Colleges
(recurring throughout the grades)
(our focus today)
(different at each grade level)
Gain a deeper understanding of the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP)
Identify evidence of teachers using SMP in their classrooms
Identify evidence of students using SMP in their work.
Compliments of Brenda Lidistri
1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
4. Model with mathematics.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
6. Attend to precision.
7. Look for and make use of structure.
8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
Pass out paragraph descriptors assign a stand to each neighboring pair of participants
For your assigned Standard of Mathematical Practice:
What are the verbs that illustrate the student actions for your assigned mathematical practice?
Circle, highlight or underline them.
Discuss with a partner:
What stands out?
SMP1: Explain and make conjectures…
SMP2: Make sense of…
SMP3: Understand and use…
SMP4: Apply and interpret…
SMP5: Consider and detect…
SMP6: Communicate precisely to others…
SMP7: Discern and recognize…
SMP8: Notice and pay attention to…
Divide a piece of chart paper in half and on one side label it Student Evidence and on the other side label it Teacher Evidence. Don’t forget to write the number of the MP you selected on your chart paper as well.
ACTIVITY B (cont’d)
Brainstorm with members at your table what students would be doing in the classroom if this MP was being implemented effectively and list evidence on your chart paper.
Next, brainstorm with members at your table what teachers would be doing in the classroom if this MP was being implemented effectively and list evidence on your chart paper.
ACTIVITY B (cont’d)
Locate all those tables that worked on the same MP as you and come together as one group and share your work.
Review the evidence and determine if it should stay on the chart or be deleted. Be prepared to report out.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
Model with mathematics.
Use appropriate tools strategically.
Attend to precision.
Look for and make use of structure.
Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.
A rectangle has sides of length 6 in. and 2 in. What is its area ?
Identify the MPs that align with this problem. Discuss at your tables.
Pose a different problem that could go deeper but require the same mathematical content knowledge?
Explain what students might learn from the second question compared to the first question?
Explain what a teacher might learn from how students answer the first question compared to how students answer the second question?
Wikipedia reports that 8% of all Americans eat at McDonalds every day.
310 million Americans and 12,800 McDonalds…
Do you believe the Wikipedia report to be true?
Create a mathematical argument to
justify your position.
Which mathematical practices are needed to complete the task?
Fran Dickenson (3:53)
Watch the video using the Inside Mathematics link above and collect evidence from the lesson that exemplifies the Standards for Mathematical Practice. Focus on both the students and the teacher.
Compare your evidence with an elbow partner and then engage in a conversation with members at your table to come to consensus as to which MPs you observed.
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MP Placemat Activity
Everyone will need the MP Placemat and the MP Activity Cards. Read through the MP Activity Cards on your own. Once you have read the activity cards, you need to decide where you would put them on your placemat. You have 16 activity cards and 16 boxes on your placemat.
MP Placemat Activity(cont’d)
First you will have time to work independently and then in small groups at your table. In the end, your table must come to consensus and a representative needs to come up and post their results on the master placemat.
SMP 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others