I 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
The verbage of the Practice written in kid-friendly, first person language
A single word that embodies the particular practice
A diagram that displays an application of the practice, using Algebra as an example so as to span both middle and high school
A group of words that relate
A list of questions that pertain
A clip art image of a high school student to drive home the point that the practices are for them and not the teacher
An instructive statement that includes the word “Think”
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”
These are amazing! Great work!
Enjoyed your seminar today. Thanks for affirming what I already do and giving new insight into the Common Core Standards and Practices.
You are welcome Janette. Thanks for your participation and critical questions. Keep up the good fight.
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.
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..
Are these posters available in spanish
No, they are not.
The posters look great. Are there copyright laws on the posters? How about the posters for lower grade levels.
Thank you. You may use them in your classroom and site P.D., but they are not to be used for resale. The lower level posters are offered by Jordan USD, Utah: http://departments.jordandistrict.org/curriculum/mathematics/elementary/CCSSM6/SMPposters.pdf
Wow, these are great. Thank you from New York City for offering them for use!!! I will share will our department.
Elaine, Please let me know how your crew in New York uses them. Keep up the good fight.
thank you–we have been looking for these at our school.
Cathy, You are very welcome. Keep me posted on how they work for you.
How do you go about printing these poster size?
Kaylene, I send the .pdf to our district print shop for 11″ x 17.”
I love these and would like to know if you have made a Spanish Language version?