**not new**. These practices about how to learn mathematics have been around and researched for many years before the concept of common state standards. They’ve just been renamed and made popular by the adoption of the CCSS.

# Why should these standards be exempt from the wrath of the Common Core (CC) protesters? Here are a few reasons to give them a serious chance.

## Balance

## Metacognition

## Make Sense and Persevere

**productive struggle**is the where the most efficient learning takes place. It takes lots of modeling, lots of practice, and lots of positive encouragement. Students need to feel safe, even when they get an answer wrong, and they need to feel secure in knowing the most learning will take place in the struggle, not in getting the correct answer every time.

## Construct and Critique

**discern whether or not their thinking aligns with other students’**. This also requires modeling and practice. Students at any level should be able to have a developmentally appropriate conversation in which they are critiquing the reasoning of others.

## Engagement

*how*they are learning, they begin to take ownership. It takes a lot of work for students to arrive at proficiency with the SMPs, but with year after year, with the students being held to the same eight standards of practice, the math will come more naturally.

Alicia says

Totally agree. The SMP are just good behaviors of a person who understands and applies math.