When Talking in Class Is a Good Thing
Math discussions allow all students to get involved and take ownership of their mathematical knowledge. They allow students to think about what they are doing, reason about why it works, and understand the underlying concept. Teachers will be able to learn so much about their students through the discussions. They will be able to tell when their students truly understand concepts and will be able to see progress in the complexity of student understanding through their participation. This article offers steps for a successful math discussion and presents how/why questions that would build higher-level thinking and reasoning skills for students.
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