Orchestrating Productive Discussions in Math Class: Moving Beyond Showing and Telling

Margaret Smith

• General Interest / All Audiences Session

Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 8:00-9:00 a.m.
Room L100 ABCJIH (Minneapolis Convention Center)

Orchestrating discussions that use student-developed work as the launching point places significant demands on the teacher. This session will focus on a model that specifies key practices that teachers can learn in order to use student responses more effectively: (1) anticipating, (2) monitoring, (3) selecting, (4) sequencing, and (5) connecting.

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith

Margaret Smith is a Professor in the Department of Instruction and Learning in the School of Education and a Senior Scientist at the Learning Research and Development Center, both at the University of Pittsburgh. Over the past 20+ years she has been developing research-based materials for use in the professional development of mathematics teachers and studying what teachers learn from the professional development in which they engage. Her book, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussion (coauthored with Mary Kay Stein), was published in April 2011 and it has been the best selling book at NCTM since its release. The science version of the book, co-authored with Jennifer Cartier, Mary Kay Stein and Danielle Ross), was co-published by NCTM and NSTA in fall 2013.

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