How do we get students talking in the math classroom? Mathematical discourse is associated with one of the Common Core Mathematical Practices: construct viable arguments and critiques the reasoning of others. It is about whole-class discussions where students share and describe math in such a way that reveals their understanding of concepts of math that they or their peers have done. Discourse involves asking strategic questions that elicit from students both how a problem was solved and why the students used the method they did. Through this process, students learn to critique their own work as well as their classmates.
By the end of this session, participants will be able to:
- What discourse is and why it is important in a math classroom
- How to cultivate and support discourse in the classroom
- Explore the levels of math talk for teachers and students
- Learn instructional strategies to help students make their own thinking visible