The emphasis in mathematics education is on shifting the classroom dynamic to promoting mathematical reasoning. Too much time has been placed on rote learning, particularly in mathematics. With the transition to the Common Core State Standards, we are beginning to integrate rigor, relevance, and relationship, in a way that enhances the students’ procedural knowledge while fostering greater conceptual understanding. For example, embracing the Standards for Mathematical Practice as a set of guiding principles that explore the many facets of mathematical reasoning allows students to become active and engaged learners. Through rigor, they will exercise higher order thinking and develop their metacognitive skills. Through relevance, they will contextualize the abstract nature of mathematics by forming connections with real life experiences, personalizing their learning. Through relationship, we as teachers must know our students in order to create a highly engaging learning environment.