Back to: Module: Helping Students Do Math

The first portion of this unit is the concept of **learning progressions.**

When it comes to math, very few people can jump straight from Point A to Point D (seeâ€¯**Figure 1**). However, they can reach Point D by taking a small step from Point A to Point B, then a step from Point B to Point C, and finally a step from Point C to Point D. Occasionally someone may need an extra step in between two of these points. But the main idea is that almost any person can learn almost any math concept as long as he or she has the properâ€¯scaffolding.

The second portion of this unit is the concept of **practice standards.**

In addition to the content standards that recommendâ€¯*what*â€¯math students should learn, the Common Core provides a set of practice standards that suggest how students should be able to interact with and use the math that theyâ€™re learning. The webinar goes into more detail, but hereâ€™s a

**Quick summary of six help practices** **when working with students:**

**make sense of problems and donâ€™t give up;****go back and forth between math ideas and real objects;****make and critique arguments logically;****use tools to help you understand and solve problems;****learn the definitions of math terms;****look for and make use of patterns.**