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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 9/9: Day 158: Partners sustain and extend mathematical discourse independently


The View from Day 158: Moving into the last weeks of the school year, Patty Ferrant’s students actively engage in mathematical discourse.

In eighth grade, mathematical discourse involves the students explaining their prior night’s homework, using extensive academic language in their explanations, and sustaining their talk without significant support or intervention from their teacher.


What goals do you have for your students’ academic discourse, and how do you create conditions early in the year for them to work toward those goals?