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Roya Salehi

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Your thoughts on "paraphrasing"
Posted: Apr 30, 2001 12:06 PM
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Hello,

Paraphrasing a student's ideas can serve multiple purposes. When used
well, paraphrasing indicates to students that they have been heard;
used poorly, however, it can distort the student's meaning and refocus
attention on figuring out what the teacher is thinking. More about
"paraphrasing" here:

http://mathforum.com/brap/wrap/interventionsE.html

In this videoclip:

http://mathforum.com/brap/wrap/cuts/JBparaphrasing.mov

Jon Basden paraphrases a student's definition and uses the full
mathematical terms, while providing others with an opportunity to
elaborate on this definition. Jon is wondering if he moved too quickly
from "radius times radius times pi" to "radius squared times pi."

In general, what kinds of regular classroom events impede being able
to provide the "ideal" amount of paraphrasing of students' thoughts?

Roya Salehi





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