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Student Interaction in the Math Classroom: Stealing Ideas or Building Understanding

This 4-page research-based monograph discusses how teachers can support meaningful student dialogue in the math classroom. The author summarizes recognized benefits of student interaction and the challenges facing teachers in promoting it. She outlines the teacher's role in facilitating "math talk" and offers strategies and guidelines for encouraging high-quality student interaction. The author includes an extensive list of references for further exploration.
Contributed by: Dr. Catherine D. Bruce - Author, Ontario Ministry of Education - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
Facilitating Student CommunicationThe resources in this collection provide teachers with strategies that can assist them in facilitating productive classroom and small group discussion. Challenges that teachers face are considered, descriptions of the teacher's role are provided, and best practices are discussed and demonstrated. The use of interesting problems and games to promote high quality communication is explored in several related resources. This collection supports the Communication Process Standard.
CCSS Practice Standard 3This collection assists teachers as they integrate Mathematical Practice Standard 3 into their classroom routines. Encouraging productive student conversations about mathematics builds the foundation that supports this practice. These resources will help teachers learn methods for creating an environment where constructing arguments and critiquing the reasoning of peers is a common occurrence. Additional resources may be found in a companion classroom collection.
Math TopicMathematical Practices, Mathematical Processes
Grade Level1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeInstructional Strategy, Reference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicEducational environment, Educational research, Teaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorDr. Catherine D. Bruce - Author, Ontario Ministry of Education - Publisher
    • Publication Date2007-02
    • RightsCopyright (c) Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2011
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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