So, I decided to rewrite the Standards for Mathematical Practice into student-friendly language.

Here’s the final installment…

### Math Tip #8: Make Sense of Math.

- Use the patterns you discover to help you solve problems.
- Don’t get lost in the details of a problem. Look for general truths.
- Apply common sense to math situations.
- Think about how different things are similar.
- Think about how similar things are different.
- Remember that your mind is your most important math tool.
- Pay attention to your thinking process. What patterns do you find there?

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 under the tag: Posters.

### Want the Whole Set?

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.