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Classroom Discussions 1: Using math talk to help students learn

Notes from the book Classroom Discussions by Chapin, O'Connor & Canavan Anderson. Chapter 2 - Tools of Classroom Talk

Kim Watts

on 18 January 2013

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Transcript of Classroom Discussions 1: Using math talk to help students learn

Notes from book, "Classroom Discussions: Using math talk to help students learn" by Chapin, O'Connor & Canavan Anderson Learning Math through Classroom Discussions 3 Productive Talk Formats Promoting Learning Productive Talk 3-Part Cycle Talk Format 1: Whole Class Discussion
Talk Format 2: Small Group Discussion
Talk Format 3: Partner Talk Promoting Learning Cognitive Aspects of Student Talk:
"We've all experienced learning about a concept by just listening, after we listening to the teacher, we may feel that we understand. However when asked to put the concept into words, we may not have as deep an understanding as we thought." Classroom Talk Promotes Student Learning by...
Building community & developing social skills
Providing direct access to ideas through dialogue
Enabling peers to support each other's thinking, conjecturing, exploring and sharing of ideas
Providing opportunities through discourse for aspects of math to be understood Gives students opportunities to reflect
Gives students practice on reflecting on their thinking
Allows for internal processing of concepts
1. Planning & Projecting: Creating a Road Map

2. Improvising & Responding: In the Midst of the Lesson

3. Summarizing & Solidifying: So Where Are We Now? Plan Ahead
Identify important mathematical ideas
Consider possible mis-conceptions or difficulties
Identify specific talk formats Plan for improvisation - respond in the moment At some point you may feel overwhelmed, that's ok...
Step back & review what's been said so far
Review the most important aspects of the lesson
Create time to summarize & clarify
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