An Inside Track: Fostering Mathematical Practices

  • An Inside Track: Fostering Mathematical Practices

    Kelley Buchheister, Christa Jackson, and Cynthia Taylor
    Conversations from a second-grade class demonstrate how teachers can use mathematical games to emphasize key ideas from the Common Core’s Standards for Mathematical Practice.
    I admit it. I was the teacher who initially thought games were filler activities that allowed me time to work with students who needed individual help. I viewed this as a win-win situation. My students reviewed concepts while I provided one-on-one instruction. But when I closely observed my students playing games, they weren’t just reviewing. I realized they were using high-level thinking. Now I use games as an instructional tool to develop my students’ mathematical understanding. (Mr. Vaughn, a second-grade teacher)
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