ERIC Number: ED445882
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Encouraging Mathematical Thinking: Discourse around a Rich Problem. [CD-ROM].
This project opens a conversation about the use of discourse as the basis for encouraging students' mathematical thinking in classrooms and supporting professional growth. A collaboration of teacher practitioners and Math Forum staff, it reflects an attempt to integrate practice and research, reporting on findings culled from discussions of research articles and chapters, classroom practice, and videotapes of classroom teaching. Each of the teacher participants worked with his or her students on the cylinder problem, a non-routine challenge problem providing the opportunity for rich discourse and reflection upon its use. Links between these findings and the research on student learning and instruction are noted. Discussion focuses on the specific strategies that are used to help students become engaged in inquiry and take more responsibility and initiative in their learning. Video clips from the teachers' classrooms illustrate the interventions discussed. The challenge problem and lessons for elementary, middle school, and high school classrooms are detailed, and a corresponding set of student predictions is presented. Finally, participants' reflections on their participation in this project are summarized. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/ASK)
Descriptors: Discourse Modes, Elementary Secondary Education, Inquiry, Lesson Plans, Mathematics Activities, Mathematics Instruction, Teaching Methods, Thinking Skills
The Math Forum, 101 S. Chester Road, Suite 400, Swarthmore, PA 19081-0156. Tel: 800-756-7823 (Toll Free); Fax: 610-544-1358; Web site: http://www.mathforum.com/.
Publication Type: Non-Print Media; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: See Web site for accompanying videopaper.