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Unit 2: Overarching Habits of Mind: MP1 and MP6

CCSS Mathematical Practices: Focus for this module is on Overarching Habits of Mind, SMP 1 and SMP 6


  • You will be able to describe why all students
    need to develop overarching “Habits of Mind” to
    be successful in mathematics.
  • You will be able to explain what it means for students
    to make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • You will be able to discuss what it means for students to
    attend to precision.

What habits exemplify a mathematically proficient student?

This unit examines MP1 and MP6; the two standards that relate to “Habits of Mind” — making sense of problems, persevering to a solution, and attending to precision. These principles define what all students must do to become proficient users of mathematics. MP1 and MP6 serve as an umbrella for the other practice standards. In order for the other SMP to be meaningful, the overarching Habits of Mind must be in force. 

You will deepen your understanding of the various aspects of each standard as you work through this unit.