Supporting Rigorous Mathematics Teaching and Learning. Tennessee Department of Education High School Mathematics Algebra 1. Shaping Talk in the Classroom: Academically Productive Talk Features and Indicators. Rationale.
Tennessee Department of Education
High School Mathematics
Shaping Talk in the Classroom:
Academically Productive Talk Features and Indicators
Teachers’ questions are crucial in helping students make connections and learn important mathematics and science concepts. Teachers need to know how students typically think about particular concepts, how to determine what a particular student or group of students thinks about those ideas, and how to help students deepen their understanding (Weiss & Pasley, 2004).
By analyzing a transcript of an Accountable Talk® discussion, participants will consider the benefits to student learning when the Accountable Talk features and indicators are present in the Share, Discuss, and Analyze Phase of the lesson.
Accountable Talk® is a registered trademark of the University of Pittsburgh.
Accountability to the Learning Community
Accountability to Knowledge
Accountability to Rigorous Thinking
Turn and Talk with your partner about what you would expect teachers and students to be saying during an Accountable Talk discussion for each of the features.
Indicators of all three Accountable Talk features need to be evident in a lesson. Lessons should be:
Why might it be important to have indicators of all three features of Accountable Talk discussions in a conversation?
MONITOR: Teacher selects examples for the Share, Discuss, and Analyze Phase based on:
Set Up of the Task
The Explore Phase/Private Work Time
The Explore Phase/Small Group Problem Solving
Generate and Compare Solutions
Assess and Advance Student Learning
SHARE: Students explain their methods, repeat others’ ideas, put ideas into their own words, add on to ideas and ask for clarification.
REPEAT THE CYCLE FOR EACH SOLUTION PATH
COMPARE: Students discuss similarities and difference between solution paths.
FOCUS: Discuss the meaning of mathematical ideas in each representation
REFLECT: By engaging students in a quick write or a discussion of the process.
Share, Discuss, and Analyze Phase of the Lesson
1. Share and Model
2. Compare Solutions
3. Focus the Discussion on
Key Mathematical Ideas
4. Engage in a Quick Write
Two sisters, Janet and Sandy, each represented their travels from home by sketching their paths on the graph shown below. The x-axis represents the time of their journeys in minutes and the y-axis represents the distance from home in miles.
Common Core State Standards, 2010
Common Core State Standards, 2010
The teacher selected work from Groups E, B, and C for the Share, Discuss, and Analyze Phase of the lesson.
Consider the following:
No Place Like Home Task Vignettes:
Two classrooms are solving and discussing solution paths to the No Place Like Home Task .
Read a short transcript from Classroom A and Classroom B.
What are students learning in each classroom?
What is similar and different between the opportunities to learn in Classroom A and Classroom B?
What made it possible for this learning to occur?
Which of the Accountable Talk features and indicators were illustrated in the transcript from Teacher A’s classroom?
In what ways did students engage in an Accountable Talk discussion?
What purpose did the Accountable Talk features serve in the lesson?
Consider the essential understanding below:
What would you need to hear from students to know that they had this understanding?
At your tables, plan questions and possible student responses for a classroom discussion that will get at the essential understanding.
How will you hold them accountable to the learning community, knowledge, and rigorous thinking?
What did you notice about planning questions and anticipating student responses?
What are some things you said and did to hold students accountable to the learning community, knowledge, and rigorous thinking?
What are the benefits of using Accountable Talk features and indicators as a tool for reflecting on the classroom discussion?