Big Ideas in Literacy
What Are the Implications for the Mathematics Classroom?
An important goal of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) is to promote the expectation that students be fully engaged in authentic mathematical activity. To that end, the CCSSM includes both Standards for Mathematical Practice that identify “habits of mind” we expect students to engage in during mathematics instruction and Standards for Mathematical Content that identify the rigorous mathematics content students should be learning at each K–12 grade level. An important question to consider is how the Standards for Mathematical Practice support authentic mathematical engagement and provide opportunities to experience aspects of disciplinary literacy in mathematics.
Because the Standards for Mathematical Practice provide opportunities to support disciplinary literacy in mathematics, it will be useful to look carefully at each to consider exactly what literacy opportunities they provide as well as how they connect to your own experience as a mathematics learner and the experiences of your students.
Reflect: Read the CCSSM Standards for Mathematical Practice [PDF] according to the instructions below.
- On the first read, think about how these connect to your own experiences as a mathematics learner. Highlight in pink any aspects of the text that make these connections for you.
- On the second read, select two to three Standards for Mathematical Practice and think about how they connect to disciplinary literacy in mathematics, including reading, writing, thinking, and speaking. Highlight in yellow any aspects of the text that make these connections for you.
- On the third read, revisit the same two to three Standards for Mathematical Practice and think about the extent to which your students currently have opportunities to engage in these practice standards. Highlight in green any aspects of the text that make these connections for you.
Although these Standards for Mathematical Practice do not explicitly discuss reading and writing in mathematics, they are intended to create opportunities for students at all grade levels to engage in authentic mathematical activity, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In other words, the literacy practices of the discipline of mathematics are compatible with and can be seen to fit within these Standards for Mathematical Practice.