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So as I planned the two or three short math activities that I hope to get done, what I mostly was thinking about was what procedures and classroom habits I want to use them to teach. I have a couple of new things I want to implement this year to strengthen classroom discussions. One is a set of classroom presentation norms, and another is a set of question stems.
The presentation norms is something that has been in the back of my mind for a while now. Clear cut expectations for what it should look and sound like when kids are talking in my room. I started the simplest of these last year....pause after every sentence to give your audience a chance to process. So this summer, I really started thinking about what would a good presentation look like. This is what I've come up with that I plan to start teaching the first week.
1. Speak loud enough for everyone to hear. I know this seems really obvious, but often norms start with the obvious.
2. Show visuals. I think this will help everyone. I think it will help the speaker stay focused and not lose their train of thought. I also think it will help the audience a ton.
3. Pause after each step and make eye contact. This one I started last year, and even this one thing made a huge difference. So many students are in such a hurry to be done talking, they rush through a really great explanation so fast that even I get lost. I realized that if I was going to let kids rush through a presentation without giving other students a chance to think about what they're saying, why was I even bothering with student presentations. So this one is huge for me.
4. Ask for questions from the class. I think this one is a natural follow up to the last one....because if the class really has time to consider the steps, then I think the questions will follow. And I'm hoping they will be really good questions.
|Math Presentation Norm Posters|
And this leads me to the next thing I'm excited to try out this year. Question cards. I am going to keep sets of these in the envelope of supplies at my tables. I think if the kids have access to these while other kids are presenting, some really good questions and discussions will follow. I have the questions divided down into different kinds: questions to clarify, questions of wonder, statements to agree, or statement to disagree. I like that students will really have to think about where they are at with the student presentation (Do I agree? Do I need clarification?) by using these cards.
|Math Questioning Norm Posters|
Here's to the math that we will accomplish the first week of school....and so much more!