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Activating Math Talk

11 Purposeful Techniques for Your Elementary Students

This research-based book helps you develop conceptual learning in your classroom by engaging students in high-quality discourse through 11 practical, math-specific, and student-centered techniques.

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  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544394305
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Mathematics Series
  • Year: 2020
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: October 07, 2020

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Teaching Math Teaching Podcast Episode 48: Paola Sztajn and Dan Heck: Activating Math Talk


Achieve High-Quality Mathematics Discourse With Purposeful Talk Techniques

Many mathematics teachers agree that engaging students in high quality discourse is important for their conceptual learning, but successfully promoting such discourse in elementary classrooms—with attention to the needs of every learner—can be a challenge. Activating Math Talk tackles this challenge by bringing practical, math-specific, productive discourse techniques that are applicable to any lesson or curriculum.

Framed around 11 student-centered discourse techniques, this research-based book connects purposeful instructional techniques to specific lesson goals and includes a focus on supporting emergent multilingual learners. You will be guided through each technique with

  • Classroom examples of tasks and techniques spanning grades K–5
  • Reflection moments to help you consider how key ideas relate to your own instruction
  • Classroom vignettes that illustrate the techniques in action and provide opportunities to analyze and prepare for your own implementation
  • Group discussion questions for engaging with colleagues in your professional community

Achieving high-quality mathematics discourse is within your reach using the clear-cut techniques that activates your math talk efforts to promote every student’s conceptual learning.



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Paola Sztajn

Paola Sztajn is a Professor of Mathematics Education at North Carolina State University and is a Principal Investigator in Project AIM (All Included in Mathematics). Her research program focuses on elementary teachers’ professional development in mathematics and has been supported with several grants from different funding agencies. She has written over 90 papers, mostly focused on elementary school mathematics teachers and teaching. The overarching question guiding her over 20 years of work in mathematics education is: in which ways do practicing elementary teachers acquire and continue to develop the professional knowledge and identity needed to teach all students high quality mathematics? She works with colleagues from different fields, in collaborative studies that allow for in-depth investigations of this complex question.

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Daniel Heck

Daniel Heck is Vice President of Horizon Research, Inc. in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and is a Principal Investigator in Project AIM. His research and development work spans many areas of mathematics education: classroom learning environments and discourse; teacher professional development design, enactment, and impacts; curriculum design and enactment; and student problem solving. Tying all of this work together is a central interest in how teaching and learning in school can tap into students’ intuitions, informal ideas, and insights to develop powerful, formal understandings of mathematics. He has enjoyed and benefitted from collaboration with colleagues in practice and research locally, across the country, and around the world who share this interest.

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Kristen Malzahn

Kristen Malzahn is a Senior Researcher at Horizon Research, Inc. in Chapel Hill, NC and a co-Principal Investigator in Project AIM. She began her career as an elementary school teacher and went on to receive a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Over the past two decades, she has worked on several mathematics education research and evaluation projects and published a number of journal articles and book chapters, many of which focused on mathematics professional development for elementary and middle grades teachers. Understanding the successes and challenges of teaching, she is most interested in supporting teachers as they work to provide effective mathematics instruction for each and every student.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


About the Authors

Preface: Setting the Stage

Part I: Understanding High Quality Math Discourse for All Students

Chapter 1: High Quality Discourse in Math Classrooms

Chapter 2: Engaging Emergent Multilingual Learners in Discourse

Chapter 3: Mathematics Knowledge for Facilitating Discourse

Key Takeaways about High Quality Math Discourse

Part II: Activating Math Discourse in the Classroom

Chapter 4: Teaching Students to Talk About Math

Chapter 5: Structuring Math Lessons for High Quality Discourse

Key Takeaways about Facilitating Math Discourse in the Classroom

Part III: Talk Techniques for the Launch Phase

Chapter 6: Story Problem Retelling

Chapter 7: Task Think Aloud

Chapter 8: Math Bet Lines

Key Takeaways about the Launch Phase

Part IV: Talk Techniques for the Explore Phase

Chapter 9: Think-Pair-Rehearse-Share

Chapter 10: Math Four Square

Chapter 11: Talk Triangle

Chapter 12: Solution Draft & Final Copy

Key Takeaways about the Explore Phase

Part V: Talk Techniques for the Discuss Phase

Chapter 13: Math Talk Chain

Chapter 14: All Talk Math

Chapter 15: Probing and Pressing Math Questions

Chapter 16: Math Learning Summary

Key Takeaways about the Discuss Phase

Part VI: Putting It All Together

Chapter 17: Planning and Reflecting to Promote High Quality Discourse

Key Takeaways about Putting It All Together

Continuing the Journey Toward High Quality Discourse





Price: $38.95
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