Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening: In the middle school classroom, Patty Ferrant begins the year by engaging her students in practicing active listening and by naming explicit behaviors for listening attentively.
She marks their desks with red and yellow dots, so that she can assign explicit roles for listening and speaking to each student partner.
How do you orient your students in the first days of school to listen attentively?
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."
Reflection: Setting and supporting high expectations for student discourse [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]
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 19: Persisting in encouraging students to participate and make their thinking clear [Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse]
Day 158: Sustained mathematical discourse in partner work [Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening]