Session 352: Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Helping Teachers Develop Students’ Mathematics Communication Skills

  • Wednesday, April 17, 2013
  • 11:15 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Suzanne Alejandre, Erin Igo, and Beth Nickle
  • The Math Forum's rubric emphasizes a combination of good problem solving and strong mathematical communication. We score in six areas including, interpretation, strategy, accuracy, completeness, clarity, and reflection. We'll share stories of our efforts to help teachers use our rubric to help their students develop stronger mathematical practices including communication skills.


  • Introductions
  • A Little Background
  • Phase 1: Building Routines
  • How do I “teach” students the Practices?
  • Routines
    •       oral communication
    •       TurnAndTalk
    •       develop written communication
  • I feel like I am still learning what it all really means....
  • Phase 2: Building Environment
    •       introduce rubric
    •       individual conferences
    •       build from students' understanding
  • I want them to interact with each other more.
  • Phase 3: Giving Space
    •       encouraging students to take ownership
    •       students take on the task
    •       students build their perseverance
  • Phase 4: Conversations Beyond the Answer
    •       providing solution models
    •       comparing side-by-side
    •       and reflecting
  • Next time I would structure it into smaller chucks to make it more manageable...
  • Phase 5: Intrinsic Needs
  • The Ultimate




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