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Elementary School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 6/17: Day 2: Using precise language to explain answers


Using Precise Language: On the first full day of school, Mia engages her students in “understanding that they have to explain themselves.” She facilitates a conversation in which elementary students explain and defend their answers, so that collectively they can find the answer they can “prove is right.”


What activities help your students explain and defend their answers?

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