In Mia Buljan’s 2nd grade classroom, students and teacher work continuously to establish a climate where all take responsibility for learning. It means giving students the opportunity to struggle with their thinking, which can be particularly challenging for adults who can see a clear pathway to the correct answer. See examples from throughout the school year on:
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Taking Responsibility for 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 "taking responsibility for learning."
Reflection: Mia on supporting students to work through misconceptions [Taking Responsibility for Learning]
Reflection: Mia contextualizes her beliefs about supporting students toward precision [Taking Responsibility for Learning]
Day 3: Calling student attention to the structure of the problem [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]
Day 3: Building engagement with new tools and strategies [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]
Day 110: Reinforcing norms of sharing and independence [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]
Day 110: Considering choice, independence, and responsibility [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]
Day 110: Sustaining individual work and supporting other students’ independence and autonomy [Encouraging Perseverance]
Day 110: Helping students prove their understandings to themselves [Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner]