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Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse to Enhance Student Learning
Author: Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.
The importance of engaging students in meaningful mathematical discussion has long been identified as an essential component of students’ mathematics learning. When students share and exchange their ideas, they are able to reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others in a collaborative and supportive learning environment.
This whitepaper examines why discourse plays such an important role in furthering student understanding of mathematical concepts. It also outlines strategies to support mathematical discussion in today’s classrooms, including:
Strategies for engaging every student in mathematical discourse
Classroom environments that support mathematical dialogue
Tools to plan and lead discourse
Different approaches for communicating mathematical knowledge
Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.
Dr. Kersaint is the Dean of the Neag School of Education at the University of Connecticut and an author of Ready Mathematics.