Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Chapter 6 Discussion Prompt

25 Nov 2020 9:45 PM | Anonymous member

In the chapter there are 4 challenges associated with anticipating student responses. What is the biggest challenge you are facing with anticipating student responses?


Challenges associated with the practice of anticipating students’ responses.

  • Keeping the entire class engaged and accountable during individual presentations

  • Ensuring key mathematical ideas are made public and remain the focus

  • Making sure that you do not take over the discussion and do the explaining

  • Running out of time

Comments

  • 02 Dec 2020 7:19 PM | Anonymous
    (Making sure that you do not take over the discussion and do the explaining) This is an area that I can struggle with, especially if the class is on the quiet side. I need to spend more time waiting for responses and coming up with a good bank of leading questions to get the students more involved during those particular situations. It is often after the fact that I think "I really should have said.... instead of ......"
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  • 02 Dec 2020 10:18 PM | Kim Elkins
    Keeping the entire class engaged. I liked the talk moves, "Has anyones's thinking changed? why?" is a particular question that stuck out to me. I think that may get some conversations going, I would also add that they need to support their thinking. I try to have everyone add an opinion even if they are not sure as to the why part.
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  • 03 Dec 2020 8:17 AM | Mat Allen
    My biggest challenge is not taking over the conversation. A student will be presenting their answer but are missing a lot of key points such as vocab or rigor. I will be focused on that one presenter, molding their answer into the way I would phrase it instead of getting the rest of the class involved. Going deeper and having the rest of the class involved in a student's answer is definitely a challenge I have but is something that I can easily work on.
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