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Classroom Sneak Peek  Mathematical Practice #5
The past couple of weeks I began blogging about the 8 Mathematical Practices from the Common core. I finished Mathematical Practice # 1, Mathematical Practice # 2, Mathematical Practice #3, and Mathematical Practice #4. This week the focus is on CCSS Mathematical Practice #5  Use appropriate tools strategically. I'll address what this looks like in the classroom, what students will be doing, what teachers will be doing, and the most important, the type of questions teachers will be asking. For more information, read 5 Steps to Use Math Tools in Your Classroom.
5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, concrete models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. For example, mathematically proficient high school students analyze graphs of functions and solutions generated using a graphing calculator. They detect possible errors by strategically using estimation and other mathematical knowledge. When making mathematical models, they know that technology can enable them to visualize the results of varying assumptions, explore consequences, and compare predictions with data. Mathematically proficient students at various grade levels are able to identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content located on a website, and use them to pose or solve problems. They are able to use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts.
What does this really look like? The chart below is a work in progress. I've designed this with the expertise of many classroom teachers. If you have other ideas, please don't hesitate to email me and share your expertise as well. If you are interested in using this process with your staff, read What Do The Common Core Standards Look Like in the Math Classroom.
Mathematical Practice: Use appropriate tools strategically.
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