Pose Purposeful Questions
Effective teaching of mathematics uses purposeful questions to assess and advance students’ reasoning and sense making about important mathematical ideas and relationships.
Build Procedural Fluency from Conceptual Understanding
Effective teaching of mathematics builds fluency with procedures on a foundation of conceptual understanding so that students, over time, become skillful in using procedures flexibly as they solve contextual and mathematical problems.
Support Productive Struggle in Learning Mathematics
Effective teaching of mathematics consistently provides students, individually and collectively, with opportunities and supports to engage in productive struggle as they grapple with mathematical ideas and relationships.
Elicit and Use Evidence of Student Thinking
Effective teaching of mathematics uses evidence of student thinking to assess progress toward mathematical understanding and to adjust instruction continually in ways that support and extend learning.
The final chapter in PtA puts forth necessary actions to be taken by those involved in improving education to assure student success in mathematics. Specific recommendations for each group are organized around critical steps to implement each of the principles.