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The Standards for Mathematical Practice, according to the CCSS document describe the mathematical “habits of mind” that teachers, at all levels, should develop in their students, and without which the content standards cannot be successfully implemented. Attention to the Mathematical Practices connected with content must be enacted in teaching, which will require professional development. Though the CCSS Mathematical Content Standards differ in detail from other content standards, their form is familiar to teachers: a list of things to know. The Mathematical Practices are not so easily condensed into a lesson or unit, not so easily tested and, generally, not so familiar. Content standards are specified grade by grade and build on each other rather than repeating year after year. The Mathematical Practices are different. Though ...

Focusing on Students Brings Success
Focusing on students brings success

With any change initiative, student success and achievement in mathematics are the primary intents. Previous efforts may have been generally unsuccessful. This lack of success, as we have stated, is most often due to a failure to adequately build the necessary foundations, including collaborative efforts. While student success is the desired outcome, preplanning and foundation work is critical if leaders do not want to repeat prior mistakes. The work demands understanding between leaders and teachers concerning instructional classroom expectations and behaviors. This chapter highlights important mutual understandings leaders and teachers need to have that are related to student success. Mutual understandings serve to support effective leadership teams and study groups.

Both leaders and teachers will face ...

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