In the publication

*Adding it Up: Helping Children Learn Mathematics*five areas were identified as important in learning mathematics. The image represents those strands of math:**Procedural Fluency**: being able to follow the procedures in solving problems**Productive Disposition**: being able to see the applications and usefulness of math**Conceptual Understanding**: being able to know math concepts and operations**Strategic Competence**: being able to model, represent and solve problems**Adaptive Reasoning**: being able to justify, explain and reflect on thinking

As a project-based classroom, I strive to highlight the

As our class aims to understand the usefulness of math within the project-based learning model, we create context in which

One criticism in a project-based math class, both from students and parents, is a lack of

I aim to try and strengthen all five of these areas in my students' math learning journey. Some strands may receive more attention than others in class and throughout the course of the year, but I believe that all of them need attention.

**productive disposition**of math through both integrated and stand alone math projects. I believe that within projects students'**strategic competence**grows as they grapple how math can explain and try and predict what is happening in our world and in front of our eyes. (See the Long Now project) As they exhibit to their peers and the public, they are fostering their**adaptive reasoning**because they have to explain their work and defend its use.As our class aims to understand the usefulness of math within the project-based learning model, we create context in which

**conceptual understanding**can take root. The ideal soil for learning is what my colleague, Scott Swaaley, describes as creating a learning environment where students need certain information to move on in the project. The information that you want to teach them is now what students are asking for, instead of telling them they need to learn this. A need and context is created.One criticism in a project-based math class, both from students and parents, is a lack of

**procedural fluency**. I would agree that knowing procedures and practicing them are very important. Khan Academy is a free, online tool that has practice problems organized by grade level. One major upside of Khan Academy is that the problems are tailored to the individual's skill level at that moment. As their teacher, I'll be able to monitor their progress.I aim to try and strengthen all five of these areas in my students' math learning journey. Some strands may receive more attention than others in class and throughout the course of the year, but I believe that all of them need attention.