The Five Practices in Practice: Orchestrating Mathematical Discussions with Hosts Peg Smith, Miriam Sherin, Victoria Bill, and Michael Steele.
December 8: Read Chapters 1-3 in the 5 Practices in Practice book for your grade band (focus will be on Chapter 3)
December 10: Read Chapters 4-5-6 in the 5 Practices in Practice book for your grade band (focus will be on Chapter 5)
Discussions can be challenging for teachers who are trying to build on and honor students thinking while at the same time ensure that the mathematical ideas that at the heart of a lesson are clear and public. The five practices – anticipating, monitoring, selecting, sequencing, and connecting – provide a model for effectively using student responses in whole-class discussions in ways that make discussions more manageable for teachers and moderate the degree of improvisation needed during the lesson. The 5 Practices model, however, it is not without its challenges. Recent work related to the 5 Practices focuses on identifying the challenges associated with each of the practices and illustrating ways that teachers can address those challenges. In these sessions, participants will explore the challenges through active engagement around planning and implementing a grade-level appropriate mathematical task.