mentors of mathematical practice
Teaching is a formative profession– educators strive to improve and refine their practices every day. In pre-service teacher preparation, it’s common for novices to observe and interact in partnership and apprenticeship with thoughtful, experienced educators. But once we have our own classrooms, that opportunity to observe such colleagues diminishes. This section of Inside Mathematics invites you into the practices and reflections of several practitioners whose teaching incorporates a broad and deep approach. We call them "mentors of mathematical practice."
Although the Common Core identifies eight standards of mathematical practice and Inside Mathematics highlights the ways in which all eight are evident in many different classrooms, our featured mentors, Mia (3rd grade), Fran (5th/6th grade), and Cathy (9th/10th grade), commonly engage their students in multiple practices simultaneously. We invite you to explore their classrooms to learn how they engage their students in mathematical habits of mind.