Adding Talk to the Equation Companion Guide
Catalogue Number: 000171TG
Producer: Stenhouse Publishers
Subject: Professional Development
Grade Level: Post Secondary, Adult
Country Of Origin: U.S.
Copyright Year: 2016
This is the same companion guide that is featured with the Adding Talk to the Equation video. If extra copies are needed, please order from this page.
This 84-page companion guide to the Adding Talk to the Equation video includes transcripts of all of the case studies, with detailed commentary from author Lucy West that gives you a window into her thinking and the complexities of the work she is doing with teachers, as well as her reflections on missed opportunities.
For more than twenty years, Lucy West has been studying mathematical classroom discourse. She believes that teachers need to understand what their students are thinking as they grapple with rich mathematical tasks and that the best way to do so is through talking and listening. Adding Talk to the Equation helps teachers learn how to skillfully lead math conversations so all students stay in the game, stay motivated about learning, and ultimately deepen their understanding.
The video features five case studies filmed in grades 1–6 and shows teachers at various stages in their practice of generating and managing rich mathematics conversations. Lucy emphasizes the progression that occurs as teachers get more comfortable with new talk moves and as they learn to tune in and respond to the math conversations taking place among their students. Although these discussions occur during math instruction, the strategies used to create an environment for respectful, productive discourse can be applied to any subject area.
The video segments examine the importance of creating a safe learning environment; the value of thinking, reasoning, and questioning; the role of active, accountable listening; and the necessity of giving all students a “You can do this” message. Lucy also emphasizes that slowing down, even in the face of time constraints, is crucial for creating a classroom where all students feel they have something to contribute.
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Adding Talk to the Equation (A Talk Toolkit: Video + PDF...Stenhouse Publishers 000171
For more than twenty years, Lucy West has been studying mathematical classroom discourse. She...