As we all begin to implement the Common Core Standards, it is important to explore the role of discourse in these standards and in our classrooms. The Common Core Math Standards for mathematics are based on five processes: communication, reasoning and proof, problem solving, representation and connections.
Students demonstrate their understanding by being able to explain, justify and apply. Math talk actually helps students become problem solvers by focusing on getting students to talk and communicate in groups.
Rich math discussions are key elements in mathematical development. The two pathways for creating and using new knowledge are when students talk about mathematical concepts and strategies or when students listen to other people's ideas during discourse.
These Math Talk Bubbles are great discourse starters.