Table of Contents

Module Overview

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Time to Read

Take a moment to read the outcomes for this module.

Module Goal

The overarching goals of the ”Mathematics:
Kindergarten through Grade Twelve (K–12)
Standards for Mathematical Practice” module are
to enable educators to:

  • Deepen their understanding of the Common Core
    mathematical practice (MP) standards
  • Support the learning of all students

There are two types of mathematics standards in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS): The Standards for Mathematical Content and the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). The content standards define what students should understand and be able to do at each grade level, whereas the SMP ensure that the “processes and proficiencies of mathematics” are at the heart of teaching and learning. These two types of standards are interconnected; interacting to improve instruction and learning for all students.

Using the lens of the SMP, this module will guide you through the teaching and learning of mathematics to foster an understanding of the eight mathematical practices and why they are important for your students.

This module is divided into six units — grouped to guide and support your thinking of how the SMP are connected.

  • Unit 1: Teaching and Learning the SMP
  • Unit 2: Overarching Habits of Mind: MP1 and MP6
  • Unit 3: Reasoning and Explaining: MP2 and MP3
  • Unit 4: Modeling and Using Tools: MP4 and MP5
  • Unit 5: Seeing Structure and Generalizing: MP7 and MP8
  • Unit 6: Summary, Next Steps, and Resources

The rationale for this structure and grouping of the SMP is provided in Unit 1.