Mr. Brennan's resources for Common Core and Standards for Mathematical Practice (and related) Activities

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Arlington, Va
November 1819 
The Sumit on 21st Century Learning
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Taunton Massachusetts October 25, 2013 
COLLEGE READINESS CONFERENCE 2013:
Higher Ed, PARCC, Model Units: A Candid Conversation About College Readiness
Two hundred secondary and higher education stakeholders will meet face to face to discuss the impact of the New State Standards and Assessment System on classroom pedagogy and college readiness. K12 curriculum directors, teachers, department chairs, superintendents, principals, and vice principals, along with college Math and English instructors and administrators, expecially those focused on the firstyear experience, are invited to this daylong discussion:
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Boston Massachusetts Saturday, September 28, 2013 
Core in the Classroom:
From Standards to Practice


August Workshop Notes 
From a workshop in Worcester Increasing Accessibility to Algebra & Geometry for ALL Students .
Important takeaways from this workshop include:
 When we are covering math topics we select from a variety of instructional strategies. For any particular topic we have choices about the strategies we choose, and different strategies exercise different mathematical practices. We could argue that for any class we have components of almost all of the Standards for Mathematical Practice all of the time. But strategies that we select can shift which of the practices are exercised the most. For example, if we have students working independently than we are not exercising Practice 3: Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others as much as we had selected a partner or smallgroup activity that uses cooperative learning. So another consideration for delivering instruction is selecting a strategy that can (better) support a particular practice.
 How to make mathematics accessible to all learners. Some very good ways are summarized in this resource by EDC Ways to Address Accessibility in Math. This is a really great list, but of course it is not always practical, or applicable, to include all of these methods in all of our lessons.
 As an update to the Standards for Mathematical Practice page
SMP.html , for each of the practices I’ll add a couple of strategies that can be used to exercise each practice, and tie in how the strategy can be used to make math accessible for all learners. Some of the strategies that will be mentioned include:
 Jigsaw
 Table top
 Link Sheets
 Flip cards
 Concept maps
 Splashes
 I havewho has
 Webs
 stations
 Sorts and Matches
 Parallel Tasks
 Open questions

JulyAugust Workshop Notes 
From a workshop in Holyoke called Developing Mathematical Practices for Algebraic Grades 510.
The course applies the standards of mathematical practice to Algebra from Elementary to High School.
 Although all 8 practices are covered, the workshop focusus on numbers 2, 7, and 8. There are many of the standards that seem to overlap  and they do.
The course makes some sense out of them and helps to tell them apart.
 A summary of the Standards of Mathematical Practices is provided SMP.html
This will list some of the big ideas of each practice. I will put together some sample activities that
illustrate each one  but teachers would get the most out of them by doing the problems themselves to see
how the math practice applies.

June 15 Workshop Notes 
Activity Files
Most of these files are available on Map.mathshell.org; using most of the Internet search engines you can search on the title and add mathshell.org to find these. The teacher guides are also available here for easy access as permitted with their copyright requirements.
 Activity one
Each small group was assigned one of the eight standards of mathematical practice and we were to read through the standard are extract the relevant verbs and nouns that are used to describe each standard. Next, we were to write an example of how those nouns and verbs (and thus the standard) could apply or be seen in both an Algebra and Geometry classroom. The output of this activity was a poster for each standard. Images of each poster follows the description of each standard.
CCWorkshop01.pdf
 Activity: Generalizing Patterns: Table Tiles
File: generalizing_patterns_complete.pdf
 Activity: Interpreting Algebraic Expressions
File: l16_algebraic_expressions_beta_complete.pdf
 Activity: Representing and Combining Transformations
File: l19_transformations_beta_complete.pdf
 Activity: increasing and decreasing quantity by a percent
File: increasing_decreasing_by_percent.pdf
External links
 Illustrative Mathematics
Web site: illustrativemathematics.org Illustrative Mathematics provides guidance to states, assessment consortia, testing companies, and curriculum developers by illustrating the range and types of mathematical work that students experience in a faithful implementation of the Common Core State Standards, and by publishing other tools that support implementation of the standards.
This site will be THE you will want to use to see how to connect math standards to
math practices and the way that the standards will be assessed.
 Mathshell.org
Source of the activities used in the
workshop Friday June 15, 2012.
 mathsell.org: Table Tiles web page but
you can also search for other resources.

Introduction 
The online resources tab will provide access to
 General information about the Common Core standards and the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks
 General information about the Standards for Mathematical Practice
 Speicif files and links from/for the HamiltonWenham Regional School District.
The Newsletter Tab contains an index to the newsletters that we began sending out to the
math faculty June 2012.
This [HWMath Common Core Home] page will contain news items and update notes for what has been recently added.
