Promoting Language Use in Math: Cultivating Conversations

Focus Area: Student-Centered Mathematics

Instructional Coaches, Teachers

Phase: Targeted Support

Available July 2024


Mathematical understanding and language develop interdependently for all students and with appropriate scaffolding and instructional supports, students become agents of their mathematical and linguistic sense-making. By incorporating specific language-supporting routines for math instruction, teachers can support the math and language learning of all students. This 2-hour virtual workshop focuses on the routines and strategies that cultivate meaningful conversations as part of math learning.


I create an environment that encourages students to communicate their mathematical thinking with each other.


  • 2 hours
  • Participants will need a computer with access to Zoom, a camera, a microphone, and stable Internet connectivity

Learning Experience

  • Define cultivating meaningful conversations in mathematics
  • Explore Math Language Routines and strategies that create structure and support for students to have meaningful discussions
  • Build a plan to use a math language routine or strategy in an upcoming lesson or activity