This article describes a performance assessment to use during Common Core-focused professional development and shares insights from research using this assessment regarding about teachers’ comprehension of the Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMPs). We asked 46 teachers from grades K-10 to read and make sense of the SMPs and then role-play a classroom scenario indicative of one SMP. This performance task is called Unpacking the SMPs. Teachers’ interactions during the role-play activity were intended to help them interpret the SMPs. From this role-play activity, PD providers were more aware of teachers’ initial comprehension of the SMPs.
This article was originally published in the NCSM Journal, Summer 2014.
Bostic, Jonathan and Matney, Gabriel T., "Role-playing the Standards for Mathematical Practice: A Professional Development Tool" (2014). School of Teaching and Learning Faculty Publications. 16.
NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
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