Powerful Mathematics Practices


SREB’s Powerful Mathematics Instructional Practices help teachers take a balanced approach to math instruction in which they use formative assessment lessons to check students’ understanding of math concepts and correct any misunderstandings.

Teachers using these practices challenge students with complex assignments that engage students in a productive struggle.

What Do the Practices Look Like?

Our Powerful Mathematics Instructional Practices Rubric offers examples of teacher and student behaviors and learning artifacts found in classrooms that embrace these six practices:

  • Planning for and ensuring a balanced approach to mathematics
  • Engaging students in assignments that matter
  • Utilizing questioning and feedback for deeper understanding
  • Using formative assessment data
  • Fostering a classroom environment that supports student ownership of learning
  • Reflecting on teaching practice

Customizable Design and Delivery

We offer professional learning support that is never one-size-fits-all.

SREB’s leadership and instructional coaches partner with district- and school-based leaders to conduct an initial curriculum and instruction review or consultation to inform the scope and sequence of a customized professional learning plan.

In a typical implementation, districts or schools undertake a cycle of professional learning and face-to-face and virtual coaching. After each cycle, SREB’s coaches work with school leaders to review and revise the professional learning plan based on classroom observations, teacher and principal conversations, and other data.

Our approach builds capacity and sustainability by developing local expertise to spread the practices to new and existing teachers.