# Don’t Panic

As I mentioned last Saturday, I decided to try my hand at rewriting the Standards for Mathematical Practice into student-friendly language.

Here’s the second installment…

### Math Tip #2: Don’t Panic.

• Don’t let abstraction scare you.
• Don’t freeze up when you see complex numbers or symbols.
• Break them down into simpler parts.
• Take each problem one step at a time.
• Know the meaning of the math, how it relates to the “real world.”
• But if it gets in your way, ignore the “real world” situation. Revel in the abstract fantasy.

What do you think? Would this resonate with your students?

What changes do you suggest?

You can find the whole SMP series (eventually) under the tag: Posters.

### Update: Something New

I had so much fun making these posters that I decided to put them into a printable activity guide. It includes the full-color poster shown above (I fixed the typo!) and a text-only version, with both also in black-and-white if you need to conserve printer ink.

Here’s the product description…

Join the Math Rebellion: Creative Problem-Solving Tips for Adventurous Students

Take your stand against boring, routine homework.

Fight for truth, justice, and the unexpected answer.

Join the Math Rebellion will show you how to turn any math worksheet into a celebration of intellectual freedom and creative problem-solving.

This 42-page printable activity guide features a series of Math Tips Posters (in color or ink-saving black-and-white) that transform the Standards for Mathematical Practice to resonate with upper-elementary and older students.

Available with 8 1/2 x 11 (letter size) or A4 pages.

## One thought on “Don’t Panic”

1. emma says:

Math is not easy, but we can learn by practicing more in order to let it become a natural skill. What I mean is to train yourself in order to handle higher level math. My strategy is to do more math worksheets in free time, and go over the problem with the answer to improve myself. I usually get the free math worksheets via Beestar. It gives you different levels of math worksheets, which I can always challenge myself.

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