Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement: Mia encourages and reinforces her students’ ideas in the beginning of the year, particularly around the use of tools, emphasizing how critical it is that students gain deep understanding of the purposes of the tools as opposed to being told how a tool is to be used. She scaffolds her learners in exploring ideas of exchange (e.g. tens for breakable tens), and connects her elementary students’ explorations to eventual acquisition of more sophisticated mathematical ideas. She’s strongly aware of how important it is that students’ enthusiasm to explore their tools.
In sharing thinking, how do you grant access to all learners?
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]
Day 110: Students reflect on their own behavior and give feedback to each other [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]