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Lesson

Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 7/9: Day 19: Persisting in encouraging students to participate and make their thinking clear

Overview

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.

Consider:

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