Promoting and Requiring Active Engagement: At the middle school level in the beginning of the year, Patty Ferrant can build more extensively on her older students’ prior experiences sharing thinking and using available materials.
She also uses a “dot talk” to give all students access to sharing ideas, and she requires all students to participate in sharing. She routinely says things like “I can’t move on until I see all thumbs up, that you have at least one way of describing these dots.” Her students learn that she means it; they are held accountable for making sense.
How do you check in with the whole group?
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]