Planning for Mathematical Discussions with the 5 Practices
About the Course
This course will prepare teachers to further develop their understanding of planning for facilitating a productive mathematics discussion by participating in a book study of, “5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions.” Participants will begin by setting learning goals and analyzing the cognitive demand level of an upcoming task and anticipating possible student responses. We will discuss monitoring and sequencing student strategies that will be shared with the class. We will study supporting students in discussing and comparing their thinking. As stated in the introduction to the 5 practices, “upholding high expectations for all students means that we must ensure that each and every child has access to high-quality mathematics teacher who can design and manage cognitively demanding- and supportive learning environments for all students.” Principles to Actions names “facilitating meaningful mathematical discourse” as a powerful teaching practice where teachers will also engage with helping students gain a shared understanding by comparing and analyzing their approaches, connecting mathematical representations and engaging in productive struggle. Educators will have a chance to implement new strategies into their classroom and create a plan for implementing their learning to create powerful mathematical discussions.
This course is appropriate for elementary, middle and high school math teachers. Instructional coaches, and administrators are invited to join us; they will be asked to work on a planning template that can be used to support teachers.
- 5 Practices for Orchestrating Mathematical Discussions by Margaret Smith and Mary Kay Stein
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Write learning goals for upcoming math lessons and analyze a task for the cognitive demand level
- Solve math tasks with a variety of strategies to anticipate possible student thinking and plan assessing and advancing questions to support student learning
- Monitor student strategies and sequence the order students will share during a lesson
- Facilitate a math discussion focusing on having students share their strategies and comparing