Focus on Middle School: Discourse and Productive Struggle (Taking Action)
Presented by: Mike Steele
Taking Action: Bringing the Effective Teaching Practices to Life in your Classroom Webinar Series
Building from the effective mathematics teaching practices outlined in Principles to Actions, we explore two of the practices in-depth that have particular relevance in middle grades mathematics. Developing rich, conceptual understandings of key ideas such as proportional reasoning, functions, and bivariate data means that teachers must engage students in meaningful discourse about mathematics and support them as they grapple with important mathematical ideas. Using artifacts from middle school classrooms, we discuss tools and teaching strategies to promote stronger discourse, identify productive struggle, and build a culture of persistence for each and every student in middle school mathematics.
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