Supporting the Learning Community: Patty Ferrant’s students reflect at the end of the year on their initial nervousness because of her reputation for being “tough” or “mean,” describing how they responded to her strong belief in them, “pushing all of us to do our best because you believe in us.”
What would your students say about the results of your teaching?
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Supporting the Learning Community, 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 "supporting the learning community."
Day 3: Developing collaborative practices through games and hands-on tasks [Polite Talk and Listening]
Day 9: Establishing and reinforcing expectations for beginning class [Supporting the Learning Community]