Mathematics Teaching Practices

The Standards for Mathematical Practices (what students do) guide the Instructional Teaching Practices teachers use to effectively implement the standards and benchmarks. As the state transitions from the 2007 to 2022 math academic standards, teachers of mathematics need to continually strive to learn from research and remain current within a dynamic field. Teachers need to effectively serve an increasingly diverse student population and constantly improve the results obtained by students. The instructional practices that produce the characteristics of students enacting the Standards of Mathematical Practices as well as the content standards are both replicable and supported by data. The resources linked here capture the current state of recommended teaching practices for mathematics education.


Effective questioning in the mathematics classroom attempts to support deep thinking about mathematics and helps students clarify their understanding for themselves and others.  Such thinking is a necessary part of growth in understanding mathematical concepts and is developed in multiple conversations over time.  It helps students to develop their ability to use mathematics in new situations, and to increase their long term retention of the big ideas of mathematics.

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