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Perspectives on Promoting Mathematical Discourse

The Mathematics Framework for California Public Schools promotes it. So do the NCTM Standards. What is it? Student communication! The ability to communicate in a variety of forms is a critical part of the learning process. So why doesn't everybody make sure it's happening in the classroom? Because it is harder than it looks-- it requires structuring the learning environment so that it supports high-quality communication about mathematics.

PDROM Bar Video

Take your newly-attained knowledge and use it to analyze this brief clip from Ms. Jacobs' lesson, in which two students communicate about how to solve the problem posed. As you watch, note their use of mathematical language.

Classroom Clip Reflection:

  • What observations did you make about student discourse and their use of mathematical language?
  • What are the implications for you work with students?