Using Structured Talk: On the third day of school, Patty Ferrant distributes bags of Unifix Math Cubes and “clues” students can use to collaboratively create a precise representation.

Each student in the group is held accountable for working on the task, and though one student says “This is so difficult!” he does so with a smile on his face.

**CONSIDER:**

What activities and language structures might you use to support students’ precise communication?

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 [Using Structured Talk]

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]

Day 158: Sustained mathematical discourse in partner work [Using Structured Talk]

Day 158: Partners sustain and extend mathematical discourse independently [Using Structured Talk]