Have you ever tried to have discussions in your math class? Not just explanations or solutions to problems, but students debating strategies, discussing math tools, and determining the reasoning behind their math solutions.
Robust dialogue is essential for student learning as students are given the opportunity to explain their problem solving methods, while listening to how other students arrived at their own conclusions. This type of communication allows students to consolidate their understanding of mathematical concepts. But having math discussions may be difficult for several reasons: it takes a lot of time, students don’t have a lot to discuss, or students begin to socialize and lose focus.
All of these problems are related to one key issue: students may not know how to “talk about math”! With these math discussion starter prompts, students will be able to have assistance in formulating their thoughts in order to have fantastic math discourse!
These discussion prompts are designed on legal size paper (8½” x 14”), so that they can be used on bulletin boards (and seen from a distance). The prompts can be rotated on a daily basis until students become more accustomed to math discourse. Another great use could be to hand them out to students, as individual prompts during discussions.
An excellent resource to help your budding mathematicians!