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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 7/9: Day 19: Continued encouragement of student participation and clear thinking


Paraphrasing and Extending Discourse: Early in the year, as Patty Ferrant’s students discuss whether they agree with Student A or Student B, one student shares her thinking, and then Patty asks her students to work with their partner to “restate what she [the student] just said.”

In so doing, Patty builds the expectation that students will be attending to their peers during whole-group sharing, as well as the expectation that students will become able to turn what they hear into their own statements.


How do you encourage students to offer their ideas and make connections?

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