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Middle School: Engaging in Mathematical Discourse

Clip 4/9: Day 5: Creating norms for peer mathematical discourse


Modeling and Encouraging Active Listening: Even after only a few days of practice, the students begin to engage more actively when speaking and listening.

Teacher Patty Ferrant names and praises specific criteria (noise level, body positions) that indicate attentive listening and engagement.


What advice for working in pairs to make sense of problems do Patty’s students have, and how might your students benefit from these students’ advice?

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