Supporting the Learning Community: In the beginning of the year, Patty Ferrant challenges her middle school students to prepare themselves for the day, including ensuring that their partner is ready for learning that day. She make sure she connects with individual students, reassuring them that this is “just the way the class rolls, so deal with it.”

**CONSIDER:**

How do you require that students assume responsibility for preparing themselves for class?

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 2: Taking responsibility for listening in a dot talk [Polite Talk and Listening]

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]

Day 19: Challenging students to communicate precisely [Polite Talk and Listening]

Day 19: Using analysis of student work as a jumping-off point [Sharing and Working Cooperatively]

Day 19: Peer and group work to advance and deepen thinking [Polite Talk and Listening]

Day 19: Reinforcing supportive peer behaviors [Supporting Others]

Day 158: Opening of class routine and homework check [Supporting the Learning Community]

Day 158: Peers support each other’s learning [Supporting the Learning Community]

Day 158: Students’ letters to Ms. Ferrant [Supporting the Learning Community]