Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine

Chapter 5 Discussion Prompt

12 Nov 2020 11:10 AM | Anonymous member

In the chapter there are 5 challenges associated with selecting and sequencing. What is the biggest challenge you are facing with selecting and sequencing student responses?

Challenges associated with the practice of anticipating students’ responses.

  • Selecting only solutions that are most relevant to learning goals

  • Expanding beyond the usual student presenters.

  • Deciding what work to share when the majority of students were not able to solve the task and your initial goal no longer seems attainable.

  • Moving forward when a key strategy is not produced by students.

  • Determining how to sequence incorrect and/or incomplete solutions



  • 29 Nov 2020 4:13 PM | Samantha Welch
    A constant challenge that goes beyond mathematics time is expanding beyond the usual presenters. As stated in the book, "students who struggle as well as those who excel need the opportunity to participate in whole-class discussions in substantive ways so that they can be seen by others as mathematically capable and students can see themselves as doers of mathematics." It is very important for building their confidence. Most often, the students who excel and are the most confident usually wish to share or present. Even though it can be challenging to expand beyond the usual presenters, it is one of the things that I enjoy the most about teaching. Working hard at this really does show students that you believe in each one of them and think that they are all capable. Although this year presents some challenges, something I would like to work on is giving more time for students to rehearse their explanations before sharing with the whole class. I typically have students rehearse or explain their work to me, but I think it would be even more powerful to have them explain to a peer or small group.
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