Mathematics Standards of Practice


  1. Lesson Structure: Math lessons will follow this daily structure
    1. Routines 15-25 minutes
    2. Conceptual Learning 30 min- 45 min.
      *70% of instructional time should focus on non-negotiables  
    3. Guided Practice 15 min- 20 min.
  2. Take each concept through the all levels of knowing
    1. Intuitive: Build on what they know
    2. Concrete: Use manipulatives - Cuisenaire rods, subitizing cards, dice, dominoes, base ten
    3. Pictorial/Representational - Use number line for operations, draw what the rods show
      *Leads to procedural level
    4. Abstract/Procedural (standard algorithm)
    5. Application
    6. Communication
  3. Teach and use addition and multiplication strategies In this instructional progression:
    1. Choral
    2. Individual student
      1. 2 seconds/problem = ‘knowing’
    3. Timed written assessment
      1. 3 seconds/problem = ‘knowing’
  4. Teach, use, and expect appropriate math language
  5. Use other opportunities to discuss/practice math
  6. Assessments
    1. Fact Fluency Assessments: Addition, Multiplication (Until mastered, then mixed review quarterly)
    2. Quarterly summative assessments
  7. Weekly Collaboration with teams
  8. Materials
    1. Students in Grades 3-6 will use Math Notebooks with graph paper
    2. Use graph paper to assure correct alignment of digits.
    3. Use concrete manipulatives (specifically Cuisenaire rods and base ten blocks) as students move through the concrete level of knowing for each new concept.
  9. Communicate with parents
    1. Be familiar with Parent Handbook -connecting report card stems to common core
    2. Include in weekly newsletter, as needed, updates explaining skills/strategies being taught, math language and ideas for practice at home including games and websites
  10. Homework should have three components:
    1. Cumulative components
    2. A true copy of what was done that day- Very similar practice
    3. Slight variant of main lesson