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Using Task Dialogues to Enhance Preservice Teachers’ Abilities to Orchestrate Discourse

Denise A. Spangler and Allyson Hallman-Thrasher 

September 2014, Volume 3, Issue 1, Page 58

The authors describe an activity designed to help preservice elementary school teachers develop mathematical knowledge for teaching in the domain of facilitating mathematical discussions. The activity involved preservice teachers writing task dialogues, imaginary conversations between a child and teacher about a problem-solving task, in which they practice responding to correct, partially correct, and incorrect student responses.

Mathematics Teacher Educator is co-published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators.