1.
Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 

Mathematically
proficient students start by explaining to themselves
the meaning of a problem and looking for entry points
to its solution. 

I
can... 
ANALYZE
relationships (how things are similar or connected). 
USE
real objects or pictures to understand and recreate
the problem. 
PLAN
a solution and make hypotheses (educated guesses). 
CHECK
my answers using a different method or way. 
MONITOR
my progress. 
UNDERSTAND
how other people solve the problem. 
EVALUATE
my progress. 
IDENTIFY
the similarites between the way other people solve the
problems. 
EXPLAIN
relationships between tables, charts, graphs, or diagrams. 



2.
Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 

Mathematically
proficient students make sense of quantities and their
relationships in problem situations. 

I
can... 
REPRESENT
the problem using manipulatives and/or equations. 
UNDERSTAND
the meaning of an answer. 
IDENTIFY
the units involved. 
USE
different properties of operations to solve problems. 
~CONTEXTUALIZE~
Put numbers in a realworld context. 
~DECONTEXTUALIZE~
Pull numbers out of context and work with them mathematically. 
