Establishing and following Classroom Routines: In the beginning weeks of class, Mia ensures that all of her students are engaged and checks in with them throughout the math lesson. She asks them for non-verbal indicators of engagement: “Give me a thumbs up when you’re happy with your dots!” She gives them roles for pair work, “A people” and “B people,” after which point she’s able to give students in each role the responsibility to share content or listen to their partner in particular ways.
How do you check in with your students‘ thinking?
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 [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]