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Discourse

Classroom discourse refers to the written and oral ways of representing, thinking, communicating, agreeing, and disagreeing that teachers and students use to engage in those tasks. It also refers to the ways in which teachers orchestrate and promote discourse and to the interplay of intellectual, social, and physical characteristics that shape the ways of knowing and working that are expected in the classroom. Reflection should consider the questions the teacher asks; the responses given by students; the clarity and accuracy of instructions, directions, answers, explanations, and clarifications; as well as the range and effectiveness of mathematical approaches, use of tools and materials, and other instructional strategies.

From Grade 3: Patterns
How effectively does the teacher use questioning to help students develop mathematical understanding?

What techniques and strategies are used to orchestrate and promote student discourse and how effective are these strategies implemented?

From Grade 4: Variable
How effectively does the teacher use questioning to help students develop mathematical understanding?

What techniques and strategies are used to orchestrate and promote student discourse and how effective are these strategies implemented?

From Grade 5: Tiles
How effectively does the teacher use questioning to help students develop mathematical understanding?

From Grade 6: Paving
What techniques and strategies are used to orchestrate and promote student discourse and how effective are these strategies implemented?

Are there alternative questions that could have been asked to further the development of mathematical understanding? What are they?

From Grade 7: Graphs
What techniques and strategies are used to orchestrate and promote student discourse and how effective are these strategies implemented?

Are there alternative questions that could have been asked to further the development of mathematical understanding? What are they?

From Grade 8: Bridges
How effectively does the teacher use questioning to help students develop mathematical understanding?

What techniques and strategies are used to orchestrate and promote student discourse and how effective are these strategies implemented?

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