SMP Posters by MPJ

SMP Posters Pic 2_Page_8I created my own posters for the Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practices. I combined the best from what I found from others and added my own structure. Necessity dictated my doing this for two reasons: 1) I wanted to respect others’ copyrights, and 2) I couldn’t find any that were appealing to secondary students.

With that said, I offer MPJ’s SMP Posters for use in the classroom. (For JPEGs, click images below.) Each poster here has the following features:

The summary of the Practice straight from the Common Core documents, as listed in that famous grey box

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The verbage of the Practice written in kid-friendly, first person language

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A single word that embodies the particular practice

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A diagram that displays an application of the practice, using Algebra as an example so as to span both middle and high school

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A group of words that relate

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A list of questions that pertain

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A clip art image of a high school student to drive home the point that the practices are for them and not the teacher

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An instructive statement that includes the word “Think”

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A special shout out goes to the Jordan School District’s SMP posters for elementary schools which were the initial inspiration for this set. Other sources include: Eastern Bristol High School and Carroll County.

16 thoughts on “SMP Posters by MPJ”

  1. Enjoyed your seminar today. Thanks for affirming what I already do and giving new insight into the Common Core Standards and Practices.

    1. You are welcome Janette. Thanks for your participation and critical questions. Keep up the good fight.

  2. These posters are amazing! I like the fact that your cartoon people look like high school/adults, not children. However, they are not relatable to a certain demographic. They appear to be very educated, affluent, preppy people. I teach math to struggling adults at an impoverished school and I worry that this imagery will unnecessarily bar them from connecting with the valuable information on the posters. Thank you very much for sharing these.

    1. J Brooks, Yes, the images look a lot like older Disney characters, but I am not an artist and found clip art that offered eight students for me.
      As far as properly representing demographics, that is a battle no one can win. If I were to portray a black student as a boy in a hoodie, then I would receive another kind of criticism, from a different group of people. I teach an at-risk class who are anything but preppy or affluent, and the posters still work for them. Try the posters and let me know how it goes..

  3. The posters look great. Are there copyright laws on the posters? How about the posters for lower grade levels.

  4. Wow, these are great. Thank you from New York City for offering them for use!!! I will share will our department.

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