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Professional Noticing of Children’s Mathematical Thinking

Victoria R. Jacobs, Lisa L. C. Lamb, and Randolph A. Philipp 

March 2010, Volume 41, Issue 2, Page 169

The construct professional noticing of children’s mathematical thinking is introduced as a way to begin to unpack the in-the-moment decision making that is foundational to the complex view of teaching endorsed in national reform documents. The authors define this expertise as a set of interrelated skills including (a) attending to children’s strategies, (b) interpreting children’s understandings, and (c) deciding how to respond on the basis of children’s understandings. The findings help to characterize what this expertise entails; provide snapshots of those with varied levels of expertise; and document that, given time, this expertise can be learned.

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