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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 2/9: Day 2: Establishing expectations for attentive listening


Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening: In the middle school classroom, Patty Ferrant begins the year by engaging her students in practicing active listening and by naming explicit behaviors for listening attentively.

She marks their desks with red and yellow dots, so that she can assign explicit roles for listening and speaking to each student partner.


How do you orient your students in the first days of school to listen attentively?

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