Conferring in the Math Classroom

  • Title:Conferring in the Math Classroom: A Practical Guidebook to Using 5-Minute Conferences to Grow Confident Mathematicians
  • Author:Gina Picha
  • Publication Date:November 2022
  • Grade Level:K-5
  • ISBN:9781625315137
  • Publisher:Stenhouse

Some of the most powerful moments in math class come from short, but intentional conversations between teachers and students immersed in a math task. But how do we plan for these conversations? What are the best questions to ask? And how do we honor students’ current ideas while also nudging their mathematical thinking forward?

Gina Picha takes on these questions and more in her innovative new book, Conferring in the Math Classroom.In her practical guidebook to conferring, Gina focuses on simple, but transformational ways that teachers can use math conferences to guide their instruction and build strong mathematical communities.

Inside Conferring in the Math Classroom, you’ll learn how to:

  • implement effective math conferences that include the three essential elements of (1) listening and observing, 2) naming students’ strengths, and 3) encouraging students to share ideas.
  • select and facilitate the two kinds of math conference--Within the Task and Beyond the Task.
  • notice and name students’ strengths in order to help them develop positive math identities and build on what they already understand.
  • ask powerful questions to better understand students’ thinking and move them forward in their learning.
  • utilize easy-to-reference If-Then charts organized by grade-level and math topic to help you get started with conferring right away.

Gina’s practical and accessible approach to conferring gives teachers the tools to engage in powerful conversations that grow mathematical thinkers and strong classroom communities.

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