Whole-Group Instruction

Mathematical Concept Turn & Talk

I use the Turn and Talk strategy to get my students to discuss mathematical concepts. Given the shift to using technology (both in and out of the classroom), my students are becoming more and more used to sitting behind a screen and only interacting with the virtual world. I utilize Turn and Talks during lessons to build conversational and interpersonal skills. These quick conversations help students explain their thoughts and practice their articulation skills. 

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My students use habits of discussion to facilitate their peer-to-peer and class discussions. Throughout the beginning of the year, we follow this rubric to implement habits of discussion with our students. We coach students to use them as much as possible, helping them actively engage in their discussions.
 
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My students use habits of discussion to facilitate their peer-to-peer and class discussions. Throughout the beginning of the year, we follow this rubric to implement habits of discussion with our students. We coach students to use them as much as possible, helping them actively engage in their discussions.
Stephen Pham
Rocketship Si Se Puede Academy
San Jose, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Quick
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Fifth grade
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