# Whole Class Mathematics Discussions: Improving in-depth Mathematical Thinking and Learning

Whole Class Mathematics Discussions: Improving in-depth Mathematical Thinking and learning is a “tool box” for teachers, pre-service teachers, professional developers and College Instructors. The strategies presented in this book are situated in the natural process of planning and teaching. Supporting students to learn math involves thinking about the whole process of teaching. For example, it is hard to get a discussion going if students do not know how to take part in the discussion. Therefore, having classroom routines that support discussion creates a culture for discussion. This book provides a lot of practical strategies that can be implemented in the classroom. Teachers who have used these approaches have discovered that their students performed better in the standardized tests such as MAP testing and the state tests.

Book Features:

**A synthesis of research** with concrete examples of what it looks like in the classroom

**Strategies for Your Classroom:** A list of strategies that can directly be applied in the classroom.
**Self-Reflection Questions**: These questions are designed to help teachers reflect on their classrooms.
**Book Study Guide:** The book study guide provides guidelines on how to use the tools and resources in accompanying PDToolkit in order to deepen understanding of the key ideas presented in each chapter by making connections to real classrooms. This book study guide can be used individually or as a group.

Learn how you can implement the

Common Core Standards of Mathematical Practice as a natural part of teaching. Even though, this book focuses on the argumentation Standard of Mathematical Practice, it integrates the rest of the practices as a natural part of teaching.

This book comes with 6 month renewable access to a PDToolkit that has video clips, Power points and downloadable worksheets.

Chapters:

Chapter 1: Why whole class discussions?

Chapter 2: Designing the Physical Classroom Space for discussion

Chapter 3: Developing Classroom Routines for Whole Class Discussions

Chapter 4: What do we talk about? Planning the Discussion

Chapter 5: Teacher Questioning and Mathematical Connections

Chapter 6: Strategies for Evaluating and Improving your discussion

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