Using Classroom Supports: By mid-year, Patty Ferrant’s students have oriented themselves to the anchor charts as supports for learning and make regular reference to them in discussions. In their partner discussions of the Pythagorean Theorem, students connect the representation on the anchor poster to individuals’ insights.

**CONSIDER:**

How can your students begin to make use of supports for learning without needing to be reminded to do so?

These videos are discussed in the Inside Mathematics guide "Using Tools in Support of Mathematical Thinking, 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 "using tools in support of mathematical thinking."

Day 2: Introducing anchor posters [Presenting Tools]

Day 19: Routinizing the use of anchor posters as a resource for learning [Presenting Tools]

Day 19: Making use of anchor charts as supports for learning [Using Classroom Supports]

Day 118: Activating students’ use of the anchor poster [Using Classroom Supports]

Day 118: Connecting strategic use of tools and resources to making sense of a problem [Using Classroom Supports]

Day 158: Peers make use of tools in support of learning [Using Classroom Supports]