If a student is proficient in Math Practice #1 they can:

__Explain__the meaning of the problem.- Find
*entry points*to the problem. - Plan a solution.
- Compare this situation to other similar problems they may have solved in the past.
- Keep track of their progress towards the solution.
- Determine if their method was the most effective.

This poster was made a few years back by teachers in the district. It sums it up pretty well.

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt put out this guide to prompting students towards MP #1 in 2012. It helps to facilitate questioning without giving the answer away.

- How will you use that information?
- What other information do you need?
- Why did you choose that operation?
- What is another way to solve that problem?
- What did you do first? Why?
- What can you do if you don’t know how to solve a problem?
- Have you solved a problem similar to this one?
- When did you realize your first method would not work for this problem?
- How do you know your answer makes sense?

In the blog replies below, feel free to share how you are using MP #3 so we can all grow and learn together.