Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice
Inside Mathematics has worked closely with mathematics education leaders involved in the creation of the national Common Core State Standards for Mathematics to align the resources of this site with the national standards for mathematical practice. Our goal is to guide and support educators in learning the Common Core framework and related it to teaching practice and students’ learning. The nonlinear nature of web-based resources will support educators in building deeper understanding of what the Common Core Standards look like in practice, with a goal of building robust mathematical thinking in all students. The first phase of our alignment to the Common Core Standards uses our video resources to illustrate the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.
To reinforce and honor the language of the standards, on each page we have directly correlated the mathematical practice standards to excerpts of mathematics lessons. Just as with content standards, not every lesson reflects all elements of the individual standards for mathematical practice. By representing examples from different classrooms for each standard, we also want to emphasize how many different ways teachers may enact these standards for mathematical practice in their classrooms, with their particular learners. While there is no one "right way," there are multiple examples of successful strategies to launch and sustain these practices.
Click the individual standards below to see instances of the practice standards in classroom lessons. Although the practices are presented here individually, it's important to keep in mind that the practices can, and should, be evident together in a lesson. Future developments to our site will show a holistic view of the practices together. You may also view two exemplary lessons where many of the practice standards are integrated by visiting the page Bringing the Mathematical Practice Standards Together: Establishing a Conversational Context for Mathematical Thinking.
Mathematically Proficient Students
This alignment was developed in collaboration with educators from the Charles A. Dana Center at the University of Texas at Austin.