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# Mathematics Teaching Practices that Support Mathematics Learning for All Students

## Opening Keynote at the 2015 CMP Users' Conference

Margaret (Peg) Smith, University of Pittsburgh

Using *Connected Mathematics *as an example, Dr. Smith describes the eight practices from the NCTM *Principles to Actions* and how they impact student learning, especially in CMP classrooms.

In the more than two decades since the release of the *Professional Standards for Teaching Mathematics* (NCTM, 1991), much has been learned about the teaching practices that support studentsâ€™
understanding and learning of mathematics. In particular, there is empirical evidence
supporting the efficacy of the following effective teaching practices, (*Principles to Actions* NCTM, 2014):

- Establish mathematics goals to focus learning.
- Implement tasks that promote reasoning and problem-solving.
- Use and connect mathematical representations.
- Facilitate meaningful mathematical discourse.
- Pose purposeful questions.
- Build procedural fluency from conceptual understanding.
- Support productive struggle in learning mathematics.
- Elicit and use evidence of student thinking.