Polite Talk and Listening: By the third week of school, on Day 19, Patty Ferrant challenges students to not only be accountable for their own understanding but for that of their group members as well. She reminds students to “slow down and really think about what they’re saying,” after observing a student confuse the x-axis and y-axis in his response.
How is Patty’s challenge to her students attuned to their developmental level?
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]