Supporting Others: At the middle school level, Patty Ferrant also names and reinforces specific behaviors that she notices students doing to support each other.
In the third week of school, she calls out and praises a group for showing these indicators of engagement. In so doing, she explicitly reinforces behaviors showing engagement during group work.
How does Patty call positive attention to students’ group focus?
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]