Using Classroom Supports: By the middle of the year, Mia’s students are able to use the tools available to them to share and defend their thinking to themselves, to their teacher, and to each other. Learners are able to see other students’ approaches to solving the problem, and integrate those approaches into their own when needed. They explain when they went wrong and correct their thinking, using tools in support of their reflective approach.
What language does Mia use to praise student thinking?
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Using Tools in Support of Thinking, 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 "using tools in support of thinking."
Day 2: Activating students’ sense of wonder in the use of tools for real-life situations [Presenting and Selecting Tools]
Day 14: Observing students’ use of tools to diagnose their thinking and strategy [Using Classroom Supports]
Day 110: Students use tools to convince others of their approach [Using Tools in Support of Thinking]