On-Your-Feet Guide to Orchestrating Mathematics Discussions

  • Title:On-Your-Feet Guide to Orchestrating Mathematics Discussions: The Five Practices in Practice
  • Author:Margaret (Peg) Smith, Miriam Gamoran Sherin
  • Publication Date:April 2019
  • Grade Level:K-12
  • ISBN:9781544377841
  • Publisher:Corwin Press

Productive mathematics discussion or “math talk” starts with clear learning goals, the right task, and good planning. It also makes room for student thinking and collaboration to take center stage, leading students to deeper learning of mathematics. Teachers find that following the five practices of anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting has maximum impact on student learning in an inquiry-oriented mathematics classroom.

This On-Your-Feet-Guide provides:

  • A brief look at each of the five practices for orchestrating productive mathematics discussions
  • Key questions, tools, and challenges for each practice to consider as you plan and carry out your mathematics lesson
  • Special considerations and helpful hints to think about as you troubleshoot your lessons and assess your implementation of the practices
  • A focus on supporting equity and identity
  • Brief videos with additional commentary from authors and teachers about each of the five practices


Author Bio

Margaret (Peg) Smith is a Professor Emerita at University of Pittsburgh. She has developed research-based materials for use in the professional development of mathematics teachers. She has authored or coauthored over 90 books, edited books or monographs, book chapters, and peer-reviewed articles.

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