How do you facilitate productive math discussions? ,
Intentional Talk by Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz helps you direct discussions with a goal in mind, get students to participate in meaningful ways, and support their thinking with effective questioning and teacher "talk moves."
Not all mathematics discussions are alike. It's one thing to ask students to share how they solved a problem, to get ideas out on the table so that their thinking becomes visible; but knowing what to do with students' ideas; where to go with them, can be a daunting task.
According to Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz, the critical first step is to identify a discussion's goal and then understand how to structure and facilitate the conversation to meet that goal. Through detailed vignettes from both primary and upper elementary classrooms, the authors provide a window into what teachers are thinking as they lead discussions and make important pedagogical and mathematical decisions along the way.
Intentional Talk provides the perfect bridge between student engagement and conceptual understanding in mathematical discussions.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Open Strategy Sharing
Chapter 3: Targeted Discussion: Compare and Connect
Chapter 4: Targeted Discussion: Why? Let's Justify
Chapter 5: Targeted Discussion: What's Best and Why?
Chapter 6: Targeted Discussion: Define and Clarify
Chapter 7: Targeted Discussion: Troubleshoot and Revise
Chapter 8: Conclusion: Reflecting and Learning
About Allison Hintz
Allison Hintz is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington Bothell. As an elementary teacher, Allison participated in the Developing Mathematical Ideas professional development with University of Washington professor Elham Kazemi, coauthor of Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions.
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Elham Kazemi is a professor and associate dean of professional learning at the University of Washington Seattle, where her focus is elementary mathematics education and school-based professional development. In 2012, Elham was nominated for the university's faculty award for Distinguished Contribution to Lifelong Learning. She is a frequent presenter at national conferences.
Source: Stenhouse Publishers and Education Week