My district is encouraging implementing math talk into our classrooms. My students love to work out problems together. The best thing about it is that it turns my classroom into a student centered class where the students are explaining and listening to one another explain and rationalize their thinking. The words the students use with one another are very powerful because sometimes they are better at explaining specific math concepts that hearing it from me using "teacher language". Then, as they are explaining and rationalizing their thinking, they are analyzing their own work, sometimes catching mistakes, but also teaching to other peers. It can take a while to get your students actively engaged in math talk, but it is well worth it! These are sample phrases I hear my students use often during math talk. I created these to be posted in my classroom to continue to foster student discussion during math talk. Enjoy!
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