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Middle School: Supporting the Learning Community

Clip 2/10: Day 3: Developing collaborative practices through games and hands-on tasks


Polite Talk and Listening: The second day of school, students in Patty Ferrant’s class receive a clue and some math cubes (manipulatives). Students are responsible for communicating precisely about the cubes and clue to their group and listening attentively to the details that are shared by others in their group. Students respond with openness and curiosity to the “build it” task.


How does framing this activity as “clues in a game” support Patty’s students in listening and communicating in a group task?