8 Mathematical Practices

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe varieties of expertise that mathematics educators at all levels should seek to develop in their students.  

The Standards for Mathematical Practice describe ways in which developing student practitioners of the discipline of mathematics increasingly ought to engage with the subject matter as they grow in mathematical maturity and expertise throughout the elementary, middle and high school years. The Standards for Mathematical Content are a balanced combination of procedure and understanding.  

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The 8 Mathematical Practices are listed below.  A "kid friendly" version of each standard is also included.

  1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them
  2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively
  3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others
  4. Model with mathematics
  5. Use appropriate tools strategically
  6. Attend to precision
  7. Look for and make use of structure
  8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning

Kid-Friendly Version of Standards

  1. I never give up on a problem and I do my best to get it right
  2. I can solve problems in more than one way
  3. I can explain my math thinking and talk about it with others
  4. I see the math in everyday life and I can use math to solve everyday problems
  5. I know how to choose and use the right tools to solve a math problem
  6. I can work carefully and check my work
  7. I can use what I know to solve new problems
  8. I can solve problems by looking for rules and patterns