Using Precise Language: In her questioning, Mia works with individuals or pairs of students to help develop their ability to communicate precisely. In this interaction, she makes reference to the students’ tools on her tray, as well as the anchor chart representing the problem, to help the student identify the quantities, relationships, and operations.
How do you help students compare and evaluate their approaches?
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Engaging in Mathematical Discourse, Mia Buljan, 2nd grade," one of 10 practice-focused guides on building classroom climates for mathematical learning.
The videos document key mathematical practices observed in teacher Mia Buljan's 2nd grade classroom over the course of a school year. In the guide (available as a PDF or an iBook download), you can explore extended narratives and questions for reflection around "engaging in mathematical discourse."
Day 2: Getting to know the language and personality of the classroom [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]
Day 3: Encouraging students to add on information to deepen group understanding [Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse]
Day 14: Inviting students to compare strategies and answers [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]
Day 19: Setting an expectation that students will engage in discourse [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]
Day 110: Engaging students in using tools to show and explain their thinking to each other [Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse]