In Patty Ferrant’s 8th-grade classroom, she and her students regularly engage in active and productive mathematical discourse.

In this collection, you will find video examples from throughout the school year on:

- Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening
- Using Precise Language
- Using Structured Talk
- Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse

These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Engaging in Mathematical Discourse, Patty Ferrant, 8th Grade," one of 10 practice-focused guides on building classroom climates for mathematical learning.

The videos document key mathematical practices observed in teacher Patty Ferrant's 8th-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 "engaging in mathematical discourse."

Day 2: Establishing expectations for attentive listening [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]

Day 3: Group collaborative task for precise communication and structured talk [Using Structured Talk]

Day 5: Creating norms for peer mathematical discourse [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]

Day 19: Developing routines to use precise language [Using Precise Language]

Day 19: Extending discourse through restating [Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse]

Day 19: Persisting in encouraging students to participate and make their thinking clear [Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse]