Thursday, September 18, 2014

Elevator Speech Challenge: Day 7

Unless someone sends me suggestions for hypothetical questions, this will the be final post in my Elevator Speech Challenge series. Not only has this been a challenging experience for me, there has been the added bonus of other teachers actually using my answers in their day-to-day conversations with parents and friends. Woo hoo!

HYPOTHETICAL QUESTION: “Duane…come on…what’s with the Eight Standards for Mathematical Practices? How can the same eight standards apply to students in kindergarten AND 12th grade?”

My Elevator Speech: Great question. To be honest, I’ve come across many teachers who have the exact same question. First, the eight standards are:

  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

A soccer game basically looks the same whether it is being played by a 6-year old or an 18-year old. In the same way, these eight standards are the behaviors we want our mathematicians to exhibit regardless of their age. Sure, a standard exhibited in kindergarten might look a little different than the same standard in twelfth grade, but the students are still working on the same standard. Just like soccer. 

For a list of the 8 Standards for Mathematical Practices written in parent-friendly language, please check out the site:

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