## Great Grade Level Mathematical Practice Posters

The Jordan School District Mathematical Posters have been redesigned for specific grade levels! Kowabunga (I’m sorry, sometimes the California in me just comes out!) Be sure to scroll through all of them because they are differentiated by grade level– each practice.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Student Friendly Mathematical Practices Posters

Here are some great student friendly mathematical practices posters. Use these or make some like these with your students. The most important thing is to have a conversation about each one of the practices and then PRACTICE the practices. Make sure you have routines to reinforce the practices throughout your math curriculum. I will be writing more about the practices this week.

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Dr. Nicki

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## More Mathematical Practice Posters: Great Discussions to have in Guided Math Groups

Here are some great posters to present the mathematical practices to students. They are written in “I can” language and they have pictures and stages…before/during/after! We have to continue to think of ways to make the practices explicit to the students. I would do a great deal of this work in small, guided math groups. Students can talk about the things they do really well and the areas where they struggle.

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## Mathematical Proficiency Rubrics

I have been writing about different rubrics that help us to assess proficiency levels of the mathematical practices. Here is an interesting Proficiency Matrix (Hull, Bulka & Harbin Miles 2011). The scale is **initial, intermediate and advanced.** The dimensions of the rubric are the math practices. I think it is so important to think about and discuss how we are assessing these practices. So for instance, with Mathematical Practice 1 (Make sense of Problems). The students that are working at an** initial level can solve problems in one way.** Students that are working at an **intermediate level can explain their thinking and represent it in many ways**. Students who are **advanced can “discuss, explain and demonstrate” and represent problems in a variety of ways. **

It is important for teachers to talk about what this really looks like. Teachers should be collecting and norming sample work so that everyone agrees with whatever rubric you are using at your grade level, in your school and/or in your district. Has your district started having these discussions? Have you had school wide discussions? Have you had grade level discussions?

Let me know how it is going!

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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## Mathematical Practice Rubrics

Here are some great rubrics and supplemental docs that help to break down the mathematical practices. Mimi has posted them as the preliminary work of a committee that she is working on. Mimi has a great blog also. Look at these and let me know how they inform your work with the practices. Remember that the practices are the lifeblood of the Math Core. They carry the content. You can’t do one without the other.

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Dr. Nicki

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## Another Great CCSS Mathematical Practice Resource: Great Guided Math Activities

Here is a great site that expands on the meaning of the mathematical practices. It discusses exactly what the elementary standard looks like in elementary school. For example, in discussing the first practice about word problems, it show various ways to approach a problem. They give many detailed examples to get students to think deeply and critically. See two suggestions below:

*You might leave off some numbers and ask children how they’d solve the problem if the numbers were known.*

*Or, you might keep the original numbers but drop off the question and ask what can be figured out from that information, or what questions can be answered.*

Be sure to check it out!

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Dr. Nicki

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## Here are some great resources for the CCSS Mathematical Practices: Whole group and Guided Math Group Resources

Here is a great set of resources for teaching the mathematical practices.

There is a great set of posters. There is one for each practice.

There is one poster illustrating all the practices.

There is a cube with the practices on them. (Play these in small guided math groups).

There are some other resources as well.

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Dr. Nicki

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