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Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse to Enhance Student Learning

Author: Gladis Kersaint, Ph.D.

Orchestrating Mathematical Discourse to Enhance Student Learning whitepaper.

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

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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.