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How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions
Grades K-5. Provides a framework for planning and facilitating purposeful mathematics discussions that enrich and deepen student learning. The critical first step is to identify a discussion's goal and then to understand how to structure and facilitate the conversation to meet that goal. Through detailed vignettes from both primary and upper elementary classrooms, the book provides a window into what teachers are thinking as they lead discussions and make important pedagogical and mathematical decisions along the way. Additionally, it examines students' roles as both listeners and talkers and, in the process, offers a number of strategies for improving student participation and learning. A collection of planning templates included in the appendix helps teachers apply the right structure to discussions in their own classrooms. 168 pages.