Polite Talk and Listening: The second day of school, students in Patty Ferrant’s class receive a clue and some math cubes (manipulatives). Students are responsible for communicating precisely about the cubes and clue to their group and listening attentively to the details that are shared by others in their group. Students respond with openness and curiosity to the “build it” task.
How does framing this activity as “clues in a game” support Patty’s students in listening and communicating in a group task?
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]