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H.E.L.P!!!. NUCC Elementary Summer Institute August 6, 2013. H.E.L.P. H ow am I E ver going to L earn these P ractices?!!. Take a deep breath!. Baby Steps!!!. Organize to be comfortable. Make your classroom a retreat for you and the kids. Consistent color scheme and patterns

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h e l p


NUCC Elementary Summer Institute August 6, 2013

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  • How am I
  • Ever going to
  • Learn these
  • Practices?!!
organize to be comfortable
Organize to be comfortable.
  • Make your classroom a retreat for you and the kids.
    • Consistent color scheme and patterns
    • Home-like (pillows, pictures, quotes, etc.)
  • Everything in its place.
    • Teacher toolbox (Stack On 22-drawer Organizer)
    • Labeled drawers and cupboards
  • Supplies are accessible.
  • Routine, routine, routine
  • Practice, practice, practice!
consider your own experiences
Consider your own experiences
  • Have you ever been in a class where you did not feel comfortable contributing to the discussion?
  • What were some of the issues that contributed to this feeling?
  • In some classes, only certain students speak or provide answers. Why might this occur?
  • What do you think is needed so that more students participate?
what is our goal
What is our goal?
  • Respectful Discourse
  • Equitable Participation

What on Earth does this mean???

respectful discourse
Respectful Discourse
  • Talk is respectful when each person’s ideas are taken seriously; no one is ridiculed or insulted, and no one is ignored or browbeaten.
equitable participation
Equitable Participation
  • Participation is equitable when each person has a fair chance to ask questions, make statements, and express his or her ideas. Academically productive talk is not just for the most vocal or the most talented students.
do i really have to call on everyone
Do I really have to call on everyone?
  • “Equitable participation often makes teachers uncomfortable. They do not want to call on shy students or those that do not speak English fluently. Yet if all students are to have a right to learn the content with deep understanding, teachers have an obligation to involve them in the conversations.”

(Classroom Discussions Seeing Math Discourse in Action, p.51)

student s rights and obligations
Student’s Rights and Obligations
  • You have the right to make a contribution to an attentive, responsive audience.
  • You have the right to ask questions.
  • You have the right to be treated civilly.
  • You have the right to have yourideasdiscussed, not you.
students obligations
Students’ Obligations
  • You are obligated to speak loudly enough for others to hear.
  • You are obligated to listen for understanding.
  • You are obligated to treat others civilly at all times.
  • You are obligated to consider other people’s ideas, and to explain your agreement or disagreement with their ideas.
how do i introduce these rights and obligations
How do I introduce these Rights and Obligations?
  • Simplify:
    • Talk loud enough for others to hear.
    • Eyes on speaker.
    • Ask questions to make sense of the idea.
    • Think about what the speaker said.
  • Practice:
    • Just like everything else we do in our classroom, we will need to set up expectations, procedures, and then practice, practice, practice!
s t a r s

Sit up.

Track the speaker.

Ask and answer questions like a scholar.



  • Get along
  • Respect others
  • On task
  • Use quiet words
  • Participate
  • Stay in your group!
how do i get my students to talk
How do I get my students to talk?

Math talk!

  • Provide classroom discussions that:
    • Help students clarify and share their own thoughts.
    • Help students orient to the thinking of others.
    • Help students deepen their reasoning.
    • Help students to engage with the reasoning of others.
math talk at work
Math Talk at work

Students were asked to find the relationship between a ratio and a percent using 50 pennies, a grid, and their minds.

math talk helps students clarify and share their own thoughts
Math Talk helps students clarify and share their own thoughts.
  • Turn and talk
  • Revoicing
  • “Say more…” “Can you give us an example?”

Handout 1.2

turn and talk
Turn and Talk


(also called partner talk or think-pair-share):

You pose a question and ask students to turn and talk to their neighbor about it before discussing it with the whole class.



(this is also called “verify and clarify”)

You ask a student to verify that

your interpretation of a student’s answer is correct.

say more
Say More

“Say more . . .”;

“Can you give us an example?”

“Tell me more about your thinking.”

“Please give an example.”

real life
Real Life
  • Mrs. Luizzi-Kindergarten (2.1b)
  • Mrs. Hayward-Kindergarten (2.1a)
  • Mrs. Foley-3rd grade (2.1f)
  • Ms. Luipold-4th grade (2.1j)
  • Mrs. Rowan-6th grade (2.1k)
questions to consider
Questions to consider:
  • What was the focus on in each video? Equitable participation, respectful discourse, or both?
  • How did the teachers run the discussions about setting up norms?
  • How effective would this be in your classroom?
  • What suggestions do you have for adding or changing elements of the discussion?
  • What are some important ideas you can take away from these lessons?
questions to encourage deep thinking
Questions to Encourage Deep Thinking
  • Read through the section titled “During the Lesson.”
  • Choose 3 questions that you could use in your class the first week of school.
  • Turn and talk to your neighbor and tell them which 3 questions you are going to use in your class.
  • On the back of your handout, write the three questions you will use so that you may decide which will best fit your lessons.
where do i go from here
Where do I go from here?
  • Planning and Projecting: Create a road map.
    • Choose one lesson to focus on in the first week of school.
    • Identify mathematical concepts, procedures needed, difficulties students might have, and format of math talk you want to use.
  • Improvising and Responding
  • Step back and review
    • What significant points have been introduced during your lesson?
    • What do you need to review, reteach, or clarify?
    • Plan your next lesson.
thank you
Thank you!!!
  • Feel free to email me with any questions.
  • Jen Robinson