# Stop, Look, Think and then Go! Teaching the CCSS Practices in Guided Math Groups

The **Math CCSS** practices are about teaching children how to **stop and think before they start** doing math problems. They work hand in hand with the content. They should be taught explicitly alongside with the content. You should **make posters of the practices** and talk about them as you teach the content. Dr. Phil Daro (one of the writers of the Math CCSS) talks about “**delaying answer getting**” so that students can learn the math. Dr. Bill McCallum tells the students “**Don’t just do something, stand there**” in the same spirit of getting them to THINK first! So, in all of our teaching, we have to get them to **Stop, Look at the problem, Think about it and make a plan and then go for it! Do the math and be sure to explain their thinking**! Also, we have to get them to **check it in a different way than they solved it!**

To do all of this, **scaffolds** work great. **How are you scaffolding the thinking in your classroom?** Do you have **posters** heralding these ideas. Do you give the students **graphic organizers** so they can show their thinking in a clear and orderly manner? How do you **delay answer getting** and get students to **lay out a pathway**. (The other day in one of my schools we actually drew out a pathway and drew pictures showing all the steps along the pathway to solving the problem…modeling it, writing an equation, explaining our thinking, checking a different way and writing the answer).

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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