Woodside students focus on eight Mathematical Practices while learning the math content standards at each grade level. The eight Mathematical Practice standards complement the content standards by helping students to see their world through a mathematical lens, reason mathematically, and use mathematics thoughtfully and effectively to solve problems.
As part of the Common Core Standards for Mathematics, one of the most important requirements is that correct answers alone will not be enough. Correct answers are very important, but along with them there is a new set of “mathematical practices” that all teachers will expect from their students. This is part of their preparation for 21st century jobs.
In today’s environment, there are “habits of mind” that students need to develop and use when they employ math strategies, talk about the math they are learning, and solve problems. These practices help them learn the content and describe how students should be able to use the mathematics they learn in the world. These skills are important to employers who want to hire people who can solve problems and make sense of things. These are the eight Standards for Mathematical Practice.
The Eight Standards for Mathematical Practice are:
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
These Mathematical Practices can be reworded in student friendly language:
I can try many times to understand and solve a math problem.
I can think about the math problem in my head, first.
I can make a plan, called a strategy, to solve the problem and discuss other students’ strategies too.
I can use math symbols and numbers to solve the problem.
I can use math tools, pictures, drawings, and objects to solve the problem.
I can check to see if my strategy and calculations are correct.
I can use what I already know about math to solve the problem.
I can use a strategy that I used to solve another math problem.
For more information and examples, refer to: http://www.insidemathematics.org/common-core-resources/mathematical-practice-standards