Students must actively engage in exploring math. That is why I am always looking for tasks that will allow my students to to explore problems using the Common Core's (CCSSI 2010) eight Standards for Mathematical Practice (SMP). These standards are vital for developing a deepening understanding of math. They allow students to cultivate skills and thought processes that aid in wiring their brains into being deep thinkers and problem solvers. These skills transcend the classroom and are needed to be successful in the world. I also want my students to revisit ideas that we have already touched on and continue to examine.

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Walter Stark, drofmath@aol.com, teaches fifth-grade mathematics at The Captain Vincent G. Fowler School (PS 108Q) in South Ozone Park, New York. He is interested in the strategies that students use to solve word problems and the language they use to explain their thinking. In his spare time, he enjoys being a student and solving problems.

(Corresponding author is Stark drofmath@aol.com)
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