I had my students interpret the Standards for Mathematical Practice. What they came up with is better than some I’ve seen teachers produce in PLs I’ve conducted in the past. Now the SMPs are something I can reference and know my students will understand to what I am referring.

After discussing standards 1-4, I had my students engage in Comparing Temperatures from Illustrative Mathematics. Students had to determine which of the 4 standards were evident while they were completing the task. So not only were they aware of the SMPs but also they now knew what those standards looked like in action.

In my blog post, SMPs According to 7th Graders, I share a few examples of their interpretations. Next steps will be, posting the SMPs in the language developed by the students on an anchor chart and using their language to develop a rubric in which we use the SMPs to score math tasks.

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