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Saturday, March 2 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Productive Mathematic Discussions

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Participants will learn a framework that identifies concrete instructional practices to set up productive discussions rooted in student thinking. Through examples, participants will understand how to use student work as the starting point for discussions; discussions that are focused on introducing mathematical ideas, highlighting contradictions and misconceptions, and developing or refining understandings. In addition to the set up and actual discussion, we will explore other aspects needed such as setting clear goals, selecting an appropriate task, and questioning techniques. These instructional practices will help our students learn how to tackle complex problems by thinking, reasoning, and engaging effectively in quantitative problem solving (Smith & Stein, 2011). The anchor for this session is the book, 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions by Margaret Smith and Mary Kay Stein.

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Jen Loescher

Middle School Math Trainer, Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
Jen Loescher has worked within the Clark County School District for 18 years. In 2018, she joined the Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program team as a Middle School Math Project Facilitator. From 2009-2018, she had been serving Sedway Middle School as a Strategist... Read More →

Saturday March 2, 2019 11:15am - 12:30pm
  • MATH STANDARDS & PRACTICES Math Practice Standards 1,2,3 are the foundation for the use of mathematics discussions in the classroom.
  • WHAT WILL ATTENDEES GAIN? Participants will know the ‘5 Practices’ is an evidence-based approach to instruction and include: anticipating,monitoring,selecting,sequencing,and connecting.
  • BEYOND "STAND & DELIVER" Complex knowledge and skills are learned through social interactions.
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