Intentional Talk – Student Centered Math Classroom

Screen Shot 2014-08-12 at 11.43.48 AMIntentional Talk – How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions is definitely my favorite instructional book of the summer. It effectively outlines how to facilitate a student centered discussion in a math classroom.

As teachers continue to shift from “sage on the stage” to “meddler in the middle,” they look for models of this practice. By far this question, or some variation, was asked the most throughout the school year: “If student inquiry is driving the instruction, how can I be sure I cover the necessary material?” The text offers step-by-step guides for facilitating various mathematical discussions, as well as classroom anecdotes to illustrate the concepts.

The appendix contains templates to assist with thinking through the process of planning an effective math discussion. Once you have read the book and are ready to start planning for these meaningful mathematical discussions, here are Google Doc versions of their templates:


Always looking for additional resources and suggested reading. Please feel free to share…

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