In teacher Patty Ferrant’s 8th-grade classroom, sense-making is at the core of every mathematics experience. Here, you will find examples from throughout the school year on:

- Understanding and Reading Problems
- Explaining Thinking
- Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies

These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Making Sense of One’s Own and Others’ Learning, 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 "making sense of one’s own and others’ learning."

Day 2: Modeling and engaging students in sense-making [Understanding and Reading Problems]

Day 2: Making sense in partner talk [Understanding and Reading Problems]

Day 5: Students identify needs and norms for constructive partner and group work [Explaining Thinking]

Day 5: Sharing understanding (or lack thereof) with partner talk [Understanding and Reading Problems]

Day 5: Partner share for describing and justifying strategies [Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies]

Day 19: Building from students’ answers to strategic understandings [Explaining Thinking]

Day 19: Building on to others’ ideas [Explaining Thinking]

Day 19: Defending and proving effective strategies [Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies]

Day 118: Students present, defend, and critique their own and others’ evidence and strategies [Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies]

Day 158: Partner engagement in listening and sharing thinking [Explaining Thinking]