Getting students to talk in math class can be tricky at times, but it IS an essential part of the learning process for students, and it’s 100% worth the effort. Not only does it help students connect mathematical ideas and clarify their thinking, but teachers gain insight into students’ understanding by listening to their ideas and explanations.
In this episode, experienced educator and math specialist, Paula Murphy, shares her perspective about why eliciting student thinking is so important in math. Listen in to examples and anecdotes that will inspire you as you work to increase student-to-student conversation. Getting kids to talk about math is an artform that evolves over time, so whether you’re an experienced educator or first year teacher, you’ll benefit from hearing these simple and concrete ways to increase math discourse in your classroom.