This post looks at a *Rule of Four* Template and how teachers can use it to help students model with mathematics at the middle school level.

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This post looks at a *Rule of Four* Template and how teachers can use it to help students model with mathematics at the middle school level.

The eight Standards for Mathematical Practice, often called the math practice standards**,** are part of the Common Core. Don’t get confused as they are referred to in so many ways: the math practices, the standards for mathematical practice, the SMPs, or the MPs. They all mean the same thing! Most often I see them referred to as MP1, MP2, and so on. Whether you are a fan of Common Core or not, these math practice standards will help your students think mathematically, conceptualize math, and become better problem solvers. Here are two ways I have started using them in my classroom.

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I am so glad that you found this math blog among all the possible sites you might have landed on through the Internet, and I hope you keep with me as I continue to develop the blog. What you will find here is a collection of standards-based math activities, thoughts on lesson planning, trends in K–8 mathematics teaching and learning, a focus on the mathematical practice standards, and connections to children’s literature that can be paired with math lessons.

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