## Common Core State Standards

*These Standards define what students should understand and be able to do in their study of mathematics. Asking a student to understand something means asking a teacher to assess whether the student has understood it. But what does mathematical understanding look like? One hallmark of mathematical understanding is the ability to justify, in a way appropriate to the student’s mathematical maturity, why a particular mathematical statement is true or where a mathematical rule comes from. There is a world of difference between a student who can summon a mnemonic device to expand a product such as (a + b)(x + y) and a student who can explain where the mnemonic comes from. The student who can explain the rule understands the mathematics, and may have a better chance to succeed at a less familiar task such as expanding (a + b + c)(x + y). Mathematical understanding and procedural skill are equally important, and both are assessable using mathematical tasks of sufficient richness.*(www.corestandards.org)

The Common Core Math Standards are the building block for any rigorous curriculum. The standards should be embedded daily into the mathematics instruction. A key element to the CCSS are the 8 Mathematical Practices listed below:

1. Make Sense of Problem 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

*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. (www.corestandards.org)*Teaching students through the use of the 8 Mathematical Practices will produce individuals who are capable of being problem solvers in both the classroom and in their daily lives. Click here for the Common Core Mathematics Standards.