Using Precise Language: In the beginning of the year, all students are learning to communicate with increasingly precise language. Mia recognizes that students will take some time to express themselves and gives adequate wait time to support students.
How do your students attend to precision in the beginning of the year?
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]