Understanding the Common Core Mathematical Practices

 The Standards for Mathematical Practice.

The 8 Standards for Mathematics are:

  • 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.
  • 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively.
  • 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
  • 4. Model with mathematics.
  • 5. Use appropriate tools strategically.
  • 6. Attend to precision.
  • 7. Look for and make use of structure.
  • 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

By the end of this unit students should be able to answer the following questions:

  • What does perseverance look like?
  • How do we persevere when what we are doing isn't giving the desired result?
  • What math vocabulary can we use to describe our work?
  • How can we analyze the work we have done or that someone else has done and provide meaningful feedback?
  • What kinds of mathematical models can we use to explain everyday data?


The following videos explain each of the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice.


  • Standard 1:Make Sense of Problems and Persevere in Solving Them.

  •  Standard 2: Reason Abstractly and Quantitatively.

  • Standard 3: Construct Viable Arguments and Critique the Reasoning of Others.

  • Standard 4:  Model with Mathematics.

  • Standard 5: Use Appropriate Tools Strategically.

Standard 6: Attend to Precision.

  • Standard 7: Look for and Make Use of Structure.

Standard 8:  Look for and Express Regularity in Repeated Reasoning.