Faculty Scholarly Dissemination Grants


Seeing Patterns & Structure in Daily Routines: Cultivating Mathematical Practices 7 & 8


Mathematics Department


College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Date Range



Physical Sciences and Mathematics


In this session we explore how the use of patterning and noticing structure are key components for engaging in the process of doing mathematics and are a basis for algebraic thinking. These two mathematical processes are the focus of new national/state standards (specifically the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM) Standard for Mathematical Practices 7&8. In this session we explore practical strategies and classroom examples for helping learners to conjecture, generalize, and explore properties. By the end of the session, participants will: " Explore examples of childrens thinking and classroom activities to highlight how utilizing arithmetic/numeric and other patterns encourages children to explore relationships and make generalizations about properties and develop fluency with addition/subtraction facts, place value, and geometric relationships; " Understand how relational thinking about number & operations promotes algebraic thinking; " Gain knowledge of instructional strategies and examples for cultivating SMP 7 and SMP8 within their own daily classroom routines.

Conference Name

2014 National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Annual National Conference & Exposition- New Orleans

Conference Location

New Orleans, LA

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