Let’s ‘Math’ About it.
Educators and researchers think that classroom talk has the power to improve both students’ learning and ability to reason and teachers’ ability to teach.
Talking about mathematical concepts allows students to reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others. When done in a collaborative and supportive learning environment, this can support achievement of higher order thinking skills. Students can make conjectures, link prior knowledge to current understanding, reason about mathematics, refine and amend their approaches, and take ownership of their mathematical knowledge.
(Excerpt from Talking Math: How to Engage Students in Mathematical Discourse)
The images below show how our grade 7 students worked on their MYP on models. Students were fully engaged establishing connections with this unit statement of inquiry: Finding patterns and models deepens understanding and enables prediction of change.
In a very successful manner, students employed their thinking and communication skills in order to make predictions about intermediate and future values from graphs, tables, and equations.