Speaking and listening is a big component in the Common Core Standards. It is important to understand that speaking and listening should occur in more than reading and ELA time. Students should be speaking and listening during all subjects, especially during math.
Much of the math standards require students to explain their thinking. It also requires them to realize that there may be more than one way to solve a problem.
But as the teacher, how do you get them to engage in meaningful conversations without having them give each other the answers?
Read about how I use this in my classroom!