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Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!
*Steven C. Reinhart* A teacher shares strategies for helping students communicate their thinking about mathematics. |

Word Origins: Building Communication Connections
*Rheta N. Rubenstein* Students learn origins of the vocabulary of mathematics to reinforce the concepts of mathematics. |

Understanding Student Responses to Open-Ended Tasks
*Barbara M. Moskal* When students explain in detail how they solve a geometry problem involving the area of an irregular figure, they reveal the strengths and misconceptions in their thinking. |

The Role of Definition
*Jane M. Keiser* Students may be able to state a definition in geometry, but do they really understand what the definition means? Student work included.
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Let's Talk about the Weather: Lessons Learned in Facilitating Mathematical Discourse
*Jacqueline Leonard* A teacher gathers information about how students talk as they build a hygrometer to measure relative humidity. |

Daily Journals Connect Mathematics to Real Life
*Lillie R. Albert and Jennifer Antos* Keeping daily math journals brings mathematics to life when students connect mathematics to everyday activities. |

Fostering Mathematical Thinking through Multiple Solutions
*Jinfa Cai and Patricia Ann Kenney* Teachers can foster mathematical communication and reasoning by encouraging students to find a variety of ways to approach worthwhile mathematical tasks. Example problems included. |

Using Counterintuitive Problems to Promote Student Discussion
*Nelson J. Maylone* Keep students actively engaged by posing problems with answers that fly in the face of common sense. Several suggested problems included. |

Improving Data Analysis through Discourse
*Kay McClain, Maggie McGatha and Lynn L. Hodge* Students analyze the data from two SAT preparation courses and defend their conclusions through mathematical arguments. |