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Unsilence Students' Voices

In this 3-page article (PDF) for the "CMC ComMuniCator" Volume 37, Number 1, Suzanne Alejandre discusses teaching strategies that increase the amount of student participation and class discussion. Alejandre discusses the difficulties of lack of time, lack of fluency in language, and habits of passive learners as contributors to the "silencing" of students. She encourages teachers to begin class discussion with scenarios that engage learners and encourage productive questioning early so that the habits have a strong foundation. Cataloged separately is a video of Alejandre discussing this topic further: Suzanne Alejandre at CMC-North Ignite.
Contributed by: Suzanne Alejandre - Author, Math Forum @ Drexel - Publisher, California Mathematics Council - Publisher
This resource is included in the following PD Collection(s):
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 LevelK, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Resource TypeReference Materials, Article

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education TopicTeaching strategies
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentYes
    • ContributorSuzanne Alejandre - Author, Math Forum @ Drexel - Publisher, California Mathematics Council - Publisher
    • Publication Date2012-09
    • RightsCopyright (c) 1994-2012 Drexel University
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      Practice questions
      By path on 03/07/2013 - 12:40
    • The strategy of giving students a "practice question" to use during their conversations with a partner is fantastic! It's a great way to help students begin to have meaningful discussions about math concepts.