Use appropriate tools strategically. Mathematically proficient students consider the available tools when solving a mathematical problem. These tools might include pencil and paper, models, a ruler, a protractor, a calculator, a spreadsheet, a computer algebra system, a statistical package, or dynamic geometry software. Mathematically proficient students are sufficiently familiar with tools appropriate for their grade or course to make sound decisions about when each of these tools might be helpful, recognizing both the insight to be gained and their limitations. Mathematically proficient students identify relevant external mathematical resources, such as digital content, and use them to pose or solve problems. They use technological tools to explore and deepen their understanding of concepts and to support the development of learning mathematics. They use technology to contribute to concept development, simulation, representation, reasoning, communication and problem solving.

Learning Outcome:

I Can Statements Question Stems
I can consider a variety of tools necessary to solve a specific math problem.
I can explain why a particular tool is more suitable than another.
I can identify keywords in the instructions to choose the appropriate tools.
I can navigate and evaluate the appropriate use of technology in my learning of mathematics.

What mathematical tools could we use to visualize and represent the situation?
What information do you have?
What do you know that is not stated directly in the problem?
What approach are you considering trying first?
What estimate did you make for the solution?
In this situation, would it be helpful to use a graph, number line, ruler, diagram, calculator, manipulative?
Why was it helpful to use_______?
What can using a _____ show us that _____ may not?
In what situation might it be more informative or helpful to use...?

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English Learner Considerations

The English Learner considerations, which were written by Indiana EL teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for ELs.They are designed to support the standards and curriculum you are currently using. The following are recommendations of best practices to assist educators in making language more accessible for English Learners. Educators should adapt strategies based upon a student’s proficiency level and ensure that content is age-appropriate.

Additional strategies and the guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for English Learners.

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Special Education Considerations

The special education considerations, which were written by Indiana special education teachers, are meant to increase engagement and support growth for students in special education. This is not an exhaustive list of strategies, but these supports will help you make literacy instruction more accessible for students. Remember to adapt these to the needs of your students and ensure that you are creating opportunities for all students to engage with rigorous content.

Guiding principles regarding literacy instruction for students in special education.