Mathematical Practices Video Series: Introduction

Happy New Year to you all! In 2012, we have lots of goodies in store for you. The Big Ideas Math blog is back and ready to give you the content you’re looking for.

To begin the new year, we will be posting videos and descriptions for each of the Standards of Mathematical Practice.  Today, we’re sharing some background information about the standards.

Common Core State Standards Initiative

The Common Core State Standards Initiative states as a mission statement:

“The Common Core State Standards provide a consistent, clear understanding of what students are expected to learn, so teachers and parents know what they need to do to help them. The standards are designed to be robust and relevant to the real world, reflecting the knowledge and skills that our young people need for success in college and careers. With American students fully prepared for the future, our communities will be best positioned to compete successfully in the global economy.”

In addition to well defined grade level standards, the framers of the Common Core State Standards also developed Standards for Mathematical Practice.

“The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students. These practices rest on important “processes and proficiencies” with longstanding importance in mathematics education. The first of these are the NCTM process standards of problem solving, reasoning and proof, communication, representation, and connections. The second are the strands of mathematical proficiency specified in the National Research Council’s report Adding It Up: adaptive reasoning, strategic competence, conceptual understanding (comprehension of mathematical concepts, operations and relations), procedural fluency (skill in carrying out procedures flexibly, accurately, efficiently and appropriately), and productive disposition (habitual inclination to see mathematics as sensible, useful, and worthwhile, coupled with a belief in diligence and one’s own efficacy).”

The Big Ideas Math program was developed, from the ground up, using the 8 Mathematical Practices as the foundation for learning.

During the next month we will blog about each practice. We hope that you will join in the discussion as together we work to help all students reach their potential!

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