Presenting and Selecting Tools: Mia ensures that her elementary students understand how to put away their tool bags, creating the conditions for future access to the tools. She reinforces dot talks during transitions as well, as evident in her dismissal of students to recess using a dot configuration card at the classroom door. She recognizes that it’s hard for seven-year-old bodies to sit and attend for 90 minutes.
How does Mia model care for materials with young learners?
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]