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Middle School: Making Sense of One’s Own and Others’ Learning

Clip 6/10: Day 19: Building from students’ answers to strategic understandings


Explaining Thinking: By week three of the school year, Patty Ferrant presents several student responses on a large sheet of chart paper, then challenges students to evaluate the student-generated justifications and proofs.

Even over a few weeks’ time, Patty is able to increasingly assume that students understand what it means for them all to work toward sense-making.


How can you highlight and contrast students’ various approaches to problem solving?

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