making sense of learning

making sense of learning

In Mia Buljan’s 2nd grade classroom, sense-making is at the core of every mathematics experience. Here, you will find examples from throughout the school year on:

  • Understanding and Reading Problems

  • Explaining Thinking

  • Finding Evidence and Justifying Strategies

These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Making Sense of Learning, 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 "making sense of learning."

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Day 2: Recognizing developmental trends [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 2: Exploring and Explaining [Finding Evidence and Justifying Strategies]

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Day 2: Coming to know students as mathematicians [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 3: Testing and proving different ideas [Finding Evidence and Justifying Strategies]

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Day 14: Subtracting from INSIDE the original quantity [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 14: Playacting problems with different quantities [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 14: Anticipating student misconceptions [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 110: Recognizing problem structure [Understanding and Reading Problems]

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Day 110: Defending answers [Explaining Thinking]

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Day 158: Appreciating multiple approaches [Making Sense of One’s Own Learning]