Student Discourse

Developing an Algorithm for Fraction Multiplication

Various segments of discourses that the classes engage in as they develop multiplication algorithms are highlighted in this video. The focus is on how the discourse promotes and illustrates understanding.

All clips orginate in the same week, when students were studying Bits and Pieces II, Investigation 3 in CMP2 (Let's Be Rational, Investigation 2 is the CMP3 equivalent).

As you view the video, consider the following:

  • What mathematical idea is being discussed in each clip?
  • From what we can hear do you think that students understand this mathematical idea?
  • What would you ask to clarify or extend student thinking?
  • Is this a student-student or student-class or teacher-student or teacher-class interchange?
  • Who initiates the discussion? A student or the teacher?
  • Who takes responsibility for continuing the discussion? A student or the teacher?
  • How would you characterize the discussion?
  • What is the value of the explore time?
  • How do you set the stage for this kind of student discourse?
  • How can you foster curiosity and engagement in reasoning in your class? (See Teri’s reflection for Day 2, and her extended interview in the appendix.)

Full Length Video (14:29) or Video Clips by Chapter (length varies)