Getting Started Planning Activities with the 5 Practices

Focus Area: Student-Centered Mathematics

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Targeted Support

Available July 2024


The 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions identified by Margaret S. Smith and Mary K. Stein provide a framework to plan and facilitate math learning based on student thinking. Before diving into the 5 Practices, it is essential to lay a foundation with clear mathematical goals and selection of a rich mathematical task. This first workshop of the series digs into the lesson planning that makes the 5 Practices possible and effective.


I facilitate mathematical discourse that deepens student understanding.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity

Learning Experience

  • Define the 5 Practices and their connections the effective math teaching practices
  • Explore planning with the 5 Practices
  • Build a plan to begin using the 5 Practices in the classroom