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

Here’s my version of SMP5…

### Math Tip #5: Master Your Tools.

- Collect problem-solving tools.
- Practice until you can use them with confidence.
- Classic math tools: pencil and paper, ruler, protractor, compass.
- Modern tools: calculator, spreadsheet, computer software, online resources.
- Physical items: dice, counters, special math manipulatives.
- Tools for organizing data: graphs, charts, lists, diagrams.
- Your most important weapon is your own mind. Be eager to explore ideas that deepen your understanding of math concepts.

Download the poster, if you like:

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.

### Be a Problem-Solving Champion

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 and a text-only version, with both also in black-and-white if you need to conserve printer ink.

And I added one of my favorite suitable-for-all-ages math activities to kickstart your students’ mathematical thinking.

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.

Help your students practice thinking for themselves as they follow the Two Rules of the Math Rebellion: “A pupil is allowed to write anything that is true, and not allowed to write anything untrue! These are the only rules of mathematics.”

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.