Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement: By mid-year, Patty Ferrant’s middle school students have risen to the challenge and are able to advance the class discussion through more extensive and detailed explanations. They are able to support each other in an extended conversation without needing Patty to intervene as she did at the beginning of the year.
What do you hear in these students’ explanations of thinking as well as in their questions for each other?
These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Taking Responsibility for Learning, 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 "taking responsibility for learning."
Day 2: Encouraging reluctant learners to communicate [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]
Day 2: Identifying key descriptors for moments from the first few days of school [Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner]
Day 4: Identifying positive and negative prior experiences with mathematics [Encouraging Perseverance]
Day 9: Launching class and focusing students on their learning [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]
Day 19: Communicating behavioral indicators for engagement [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]
Day 19: Developing capacity to communicate with precision [Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement]
Day 118: Creating incentives for students to participate [Reflecting on One’s Own Behavior as a Learner]
Day 158: Inviting students to document and reflect on their learning [Establishing and Following Classroom Routines]