Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies: By the middle of the year, Patty Ferrant’s students use exemplar student work to identify “who you agree with and why.”
The students are now able to listen attentively, asking questions when needed to clarify their understanding. Patty notes when one student suddenly “realizes something,” praising her insight. Patty comments that it’s okay for students to be confused, but that “we need to support them.”
What do you notice in the students’ conversations? How is their engagement and focus deepening?
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 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 118: Students present, defend, and critique their own and others’ evidence and strategies [Finding Evidence, Justifying Strategies]