Math Practice 
What It Is 
What It Looks Like 
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them

Understand the problem, find a way to attack it, and work until it is done. Basically, you will find practice standard #1 in every math problem, every day. The hardest part is pushing students to solve tough problems by applying what they already know and to monitor ourselves to make sure we are not "telling" too much. We need to allow students the "productive struggle".

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Reason abstractly and quantitatively

If students have a problem, they should be able to break it apart and show it symbolically, with pictures, or in any way other than the standard algorithm. Conversely, if students are working a problem, they should be able to apply the “math work” to the situation.

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Use appropriate tools strategically

Students can select the appropriate math tool to use and use it correctly to solve problems. In the real world, no one tells you that it is time to use the meter stick instead of the protractor.

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Look for and make use of structure

Find patterns and repeated reasoning that can help solve more complex problems. For young students this might be recognizing fact families, inverses, or the distributive property. As students get older, they can break apart problems and numbers into familiar relationships

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Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Keep an eye on the big picture while working out the details of the problem. Students develop the ability to generalize their thinking and apply this thinking to other problems.

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