The 5 Practices framework for orchestrating mathematically productive discussions in the classroom, and in an online environment, advances student thinking. With a focus on fractions in this one hour webinar, we will identify a set of instructional practices that will help teachers achieve high-demand learning objectives by using student work as the launching point for discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings on a fractions concept are developed or consolidated. This pedagogical instructional practice has application in both the traditional classroom and in an online environment.

The 5 practices for facilitating effective inquiry-oriented classrooms

  • Anticipating what students will do–what strategies they will use–in solving a problem
  • Monitoring their work as they approach the problem;
  • Selecting students whose strategies are worth discussing;
  • Sequencing those students’ presentations to maximize their potential to increase students’ learning;
  • Connecting the strategies and ideas in a way that helps students understand the mathematics learned.

By giving teachers a road map of things that they can do in the planning stage of a lesson and during whole-class discussions, these practices have the potential for helping classroom teachers to more effectively connect students with important mathematical ideas.

This course is presented by Fiona Foley and offered online only. Participants will be emailed details on how to access the sessions closer to the date of the first session.

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