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Two Classrooms Integrating the Standards of Mathematical Practice
In the documented lessons of Fran Dickinson (5th/ 6th grade) and Cathy Humphreys (9th/10th grade), several of the mathematical practice standards are evident within one lesson/problem. Here, we invite you to explore their classrooms to learn how they engage their students in mathematical habits of mind.
Fran Dickinson leads a lesson on numeric patterning, helping students to investigate a numeric pattern and to generalize what they see happening as the pattern grows. In this clip, Dickinson describes the importance of individual think time before he asks his students to discuss the relative strength of two different approaches to a patterning task. One pair discusses the numbers within the sample strategy, and Dickinson repeats back their conversation to the whole group, telling his students, “I’ve heard two really good questions about Learner B’s strategy. One was, what are all these 3’s? and Kelcey’s question was, what about this 4? Where’s the 4 coming from?” This clip is also indicative of standard 1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them).