Continuing my project of rewriting the Standards for Mathematical Practice into student-friendly language.

Here’s my version of SMP6…

### Math Tip #6: Say What You Mean.

- Words can be tricky, so watch your language.
- Label drawings and graphs to make them clear.
- If you use a variable, tell what it means.
- Care about definitions and units.
- Pay attention to rules (like the order of operations).
- Use symbols properly (like the equal sign).
- Understand precision. Never copy down all the digits on a calculator.

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.

### 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 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.