# Clip 3/5: Students Discuss Pythagorean Theorem Homework

## Overview

Patty Ferrant describes the role of homework in her classroom community to deepen understanding, to connect to high school expectations, and to jumpstart classroom conversations. Her students share their homework, clarify each other’s thinking, and extend each other’s understanding. Students ask questions, listen attentively, and model academic language.

I try to give homework the emphasis it needs, in terms of students being organized and prepared, but also recognize that our major work in the classroom is in engagement with each other around mathematical ideas and discourse.