Planning Activities with the 5 Practices

Focus Area: OUR 6-8 / IM 6-12 Math


Phase: Targeted Support

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As teachers gain comfort with the basic implementation of the OUR 6-8/IM 6-12 Math Curriculum, this virtual course builds knowledge and confidence with using the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discussions. The 5 Practices- Anticipate, Monitor, Select, Sequence, Connect- provide teachers with a framework 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. 

This series of three, 2-hour sessions introduces teachers to the 5 Practices, how this framework is embedded in the OUR 6-8/IM 6-12 Math curriculum, and an approach to planning out 5 Practices-style discussion. Participants have opportunities to experience the 5 Practices as their students will, as well as space to work together to plan for specific curriculum activities. The series of workshops is designed to provide teachers with the chance to try out the activities they plan in between meetings, and then to come back together to share their learnings and collaborate around further plans. 

This workshop is part of a series. Explore the other workshop sessions below:


This product is designed primarily for classroom teachers currently implementing the OUR 6-8/IM 6-12 Math Curriculum. School leaders, instructional coaches, paraprofessionals, and other staff could also find the sessions engaging and worthwhile. 


  • Three 2-hour sessions, with at least a week in between sessions. 
  • Participants will need a computer with a camera, microphone and access to the OUR 6-8/IM 6-12 Math curriculum. 


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

Learning Experience

Session A: Planning Activities with the 5 Practices


  • The 5 Practices, how they are embedded in the curriculum materials, and how they support the curriculum’s goals for problem-based learning


  • The experience of the 5 Practices from the student perspective
  • How the 5 Practices framework can support both student-centered participation and conceptual understanding in math class


  • A plan for orchestrating the discussion of an upcoming curriculum activity using the 5 Practices