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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 ...

Building Support for Collegial Relationships
Building support for collegial relationships

Leaders must lead by example. Shared leadership provides clear evidence of trust and respect. A positive relationship between teachers and their leaders, as well as among teachers, is critical to successful implementation of the CCSS. Trust, collegiality, involvement, and support all influence the motivation of teachers to the extent to which they are willing to try new ideas and make changes in classroom practices. With collegiality, teachers can engage in ongoing professional dialogues, share instructional strategies that work, and become collaborative partners with each other and their leaders to put the CCSS into practice. Teachers working together with their leader not only have support to change but also gain a high level of commitment to ...

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