The Math Practice standards come from the Common Core State Standards Initiative, but they stem from the "processes and proficiencies" researched by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Research Council's report: Adding It Up. These eight math practice standards span across all grade levels in math content, from kindergarten to high school. Therefore, it is important to recognize that these standards are not simply something you teach and a student masters, but something that is demonstrated through continued modeling, discussion, and practice. Furthermore, the math practice standards are habits for a math mind. They provide a framework for how we interact with math. They describe the behaviors and mindset we want to create in order to understand, reason and communicate while problem solving in math.

The videos listed below provide student friendly language for understanding the use and importance of the Math Practice Standards. They can to spark discussion and bring awareness to what it means to develop a mathematical mindset. Feel free to use them with the Chasing Einstein Challenge framework or separately within your classroom, however you see fit. Let's create an environment of exploration and practice in order to foster students’ mindset for problem solving inside and outside of the classroom