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Elementary School: Using Tools in Support of Mathematical Thinking

Clip 10/12: Day 110: Students use tools to convince others of their approach


Using Tools in Support of Thinking. Because they make their thinking visible with tools, Mia is able to simultaneously check in with individual students and also hold others accountable for sustaining independent work, getting help from peers. Mia balances one-on-one time with a student while supporting and encouraging other students to be independent. She and her students use the tools to count together and to convince others of the reasonableness of their approach.


How can you use tools and questioning to engage your students in representing their thinking in various ways?

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