Many mathematics teachers agree that engaging students in high-quality discourse is important for their conceptual learning, but successfully promoting such discourse in elementary classrooms—with attention to the needs of every learner—can be a challenge. Activating Math Talk tackles this challenge by bringing practical, math-specific, productive discourse techniques that are applicable to any lesson or curriculum. Framed around 11 student-centered discourse techniques, this research-based book connects purposeful instructional techniques to specific lesson goals and includes a focus on supporting emergent multilingual learners. Practitioners will be guided through each technique with
- Classroom examples of tasks and techniques spanning grades K–5
- Reflection moments to help them consider how key ideas relate to their own instruction
- Classroom vignettes that illustrate the techniques in action and provide opportunities to analyze and prepare them for their own implementation
- Group discussion questions for engaging with colleagues in professional learning communities.