### Session 171: Moving Beyond the Right Answer: Developing Students’ Math Communication Skills

- Friday, October 18, 2013
- 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
**Suzanne Alejandre**- 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 from online and classroom exchanges of our efforts to help students develop mathematical communication skills.
- Powerpoint file: PPT | PDF

#### Agenda

- Introductions
- Picture a Classroom
- Problem Solving as a Process
- Scoring Rubric
- Interpretation, Strategy, Accuracy
- Completeness, Clarity, Reflection
- Standards for Mathematical Practice
- Erin's Classroom
- Phase 1: Building Routines
*How do I “teach” students the Practices?*- Phase 2: Building Environment
- introduce rubric
- individual conferences
- build from students' understanding
*I want them to interact with each other more.*- Phase 3: Training with Activities
- Ostrich Llama Count-Examining Solutions Methods
- Phase 4: Giving Space
- encouraging students to take ownership
- students take on the task
- students build their perseverance
- conversations beyond the answer
*Next time I would structure it into smaller chucks to make it more manageable...*- Phase 5: Intrinsic Needs
- need feedback - requests
- extensions
- asking for more
- making connections
- controlling their own learning
- able to stop asking how to figure something out because they have comforable tools

#### Resources

- Powerful Problem Solving: Classroom Videos [HTML]
- Our Book: Powerful Problem Solving: Activities for Sense-Making with the Mathematical Practices [HTML]
- The Math Forum Rubric [HTML]
- [PDF] Primary [PDF] Math Fundamentals [PDF] Pre-Algebra
- [PDF] Algebra [PDF] Geometry [PDF] Trig & Calculus
- Activity: Ostrich Llama Count–Examining Solution Methods
- Journal Articles [HTML]
- Suzanne's Blog [HTML]
- Ignite! Talks
- Suzanne: Unsilence Students' Voices
- Annie: Ever Wonder What They'd Notice?
- Max: Why 2 is greater than 4: A proof by induction

#### Comments/Questions

- Send email to: Suzanne Alejandre

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