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Fostering Student Engagement in the Mathematical Practices

Using instructional routines that develop productive habits for success

Fostering Student Engagement in the Mathematical Practices whitepaper.

Research suggests promoting deeper, more sustained learning by having students participate in a routine of problem solving followed by instruction. By actively engaging students in problem solving and discussion, the Try–Discuss–Connect routine can help them understand and remember mathematics concepts. 

This whitepaper examines:

  • How problem-based instructional routines that promote engagement can help increase student understanding and retention of mathematics concepts
  • Try–Discuss–Connect: a practical, easy-to-implement, research-based instructional routine
  • The role of the teacher and student within each phase of Try–Discuss–Connect

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Mark Ellis, Ph.D., NBCT

Mark is a professor of Education at California State University, Fullerton and a highly regarded scholar and teacher of K–12 mathematics education. With more than 40 publications to his credit, Mark has served on the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Board of Directors and Executive Committee.