Introducing the five practices
Academically productive talk: supporting students' learning in mathematics
Things Room 7 is doing well
- individual responsibility and assigning roles within groups. Everyone helps or takes turns to explain their thinking and answer questions.
- mixed groups mostly work well, students make new friends and collaborate actively.
- launching the problem - talking about the problem, talk about ways to solve, then getting the pen when they agree on one way to solve.
- everyone is trying to participate - even very low students who maybe don't fully understand the explanation ask questions so they participate in some way..
Things for Room 7 to work on
- have students examine their explanation, predict the questions they will be asked and prepare explanations - accepting that only sharing the first bit of their explanation is still a explanation even if they don't get to the answer.
- asking questions because you actually need to know the answer, not for the sake of it.
- explaining section by section and stopping at each question to ask audience if they have questions.
- teacher questioning - not giving answering the question within the question. not helping too much.
- Students need to be exposed to all structures of questions E.g.