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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 5/9: Day 19: Developing routines to use precise language


Using Precise Language: Teacher Patty Ferrant selects two different approaches represented in student work, asking students to identify “Who do you agree with, and why?” and “How could you use the strategy we’re working with to prove it?”

She first asks her students to reflect, then to show with a thumbs-up when they have identified a sample they agree with and are ready to discuss it.

In so doing, the students must use precise language in order to make themselves understood.


How might you select different examples and have students evaluate the work?

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