Designing Plans for Using the 5 Practices (IM Math 6-12)

Focus Area: IM Math K-12


Phase: Launch

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In problem-based instruction, lessons are designed for students to make meaning for themselves through a carefully sequenced series of activities. As the facilitator of this learning process, the teacher has the complex task of pulling out key ideas generated by students and linking them for the class to ensure that all students achieve the learning goals of a lesson. In this workshop, teachers will learn and plan to use the embedded support in IM Math 6-12 for intentionally soliciting student thinking and organizing specific student ideas in a discussion that supports all students in the class to develop their conceptual understanding through the “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions”.


  • 6 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with Internet access


I create an environment that supports students to collaborate and communicate about their math thinking.

Learning Experience

  • Define the 5 Practices, how they are embedded in the curriculum materials, and how they support the curriculum’s goals for problem-based learning;
  • Explore each of the “practices” and how they can work together to support a productive, meaningful class discussion;
  • Build a plan for using the 5 Practices to plan for the curriculum activity of their choice.