## Reflection: Trust and Respect Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers - Section 2: New Info

Class discussions offer students opportunities to test their ideas and opinions against the ideas and opinions of their classmates. Yet,  it is important to set the right tone for discussion in the classroom early on, in the beginning lessons of the year. The rapport between the teacher and students is important, but among students themselves is just as important.

Studies have shown that students who contribute to class conversations early on in the semester are much more likely to continue contributing to class discussions throughout the semester. Therefore, it is crucial to try and identify those students that seem not to be active participants early, and get them to participate. For this reason, I let students know that above all, we must respect the opinions and ideas of others. Laughing or mocking between students must not be tolerated, and if it happens, must be stopped immediately. "No put downs" should be a general every day rule of the class. Rules against these behaviors could be visibly posted in the classroom, and by all means discussed in class.

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Trust and Respect: Class Discussions

# Multiplying and Dividing Signed Numbers

Unit 1: Number Sense
Lesson 3 of 8

## Big Idea: Students revisit multiplying and dividing signed numbers analyzing patters and participating in a Relay Race

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, Numbers and Operations, multiplying and dividing integers, operation with signed numbers, negative and positive numbers
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### Mauricio Beltre

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