Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Peterson)

This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that generate opportunities for teachers to build on students' thinking and by studying teachers' orchestration of whole class discussions around student responses to these tasks.

Full Description

The project will examine how secondary mathematics teachers respond to and use students' thinking during whole class discussion. An ongoing challenge for teachers is making the best use of students' emerging mathematical ideas during whole class discussion. Teachers need to draw on the ideas students have developed in order to create opportunities for learning about significant mathematical concepts. This study will create tasks specifically designed to generate opportunities for teachers to build on students' thinking and then use classroom observation and analysis of classroom video to develop tools to support teachers in leading whole class discussion.

The project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. This study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that generate opportunities for teachers to build on students' thinking and by studying teachers' orchestration of whole class discussions around student responses to these tasks. The project engages teacher-researchers in exploring the building practice. The teacher-researchers will use the project-designed tasks in their classrooms and then engage in a cycle of analysis of their own teaching with the research team. Data collection and analysis will rely on video analysis of classrooms, teachers' reflections on task enactment, and data collected during research team meetings convened with teacher-researchers to analyze practice.

Project Materials

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Establishing Student Mathematical Thinking as an Object of Class Discussion Resource 07/13/2022 - 11:46am
Establishing Student Mathematical Thinking as an Object of Class Discussion Resource 07/13/2022 - 11:46am
Establishing Student Mathematical Thinking as an Object of Class Discussion Resource 07/13/2022 - 11:46am
Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Peterson and Stockero) Poster 07/07/2021 - 10:44am
Teachers' Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:13pm
Teachers' Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:13pm
Teachers' Responses to Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking with Varied Potential to Support Student Learning Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:13pm
Teachers' Orientations Toward Using Student Mathematical Thinking as a Resource During Whole-Class Discussion Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:05pm
Teachers' Orientations Toward Using Student Mathematical Thinking as a Resource During Whole-Class Discussion Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:05pm
Teachers' Orientations Toward Using Student Mathematical Thinking as a Resource During Whole-Class Discussion Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:05pm
Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:00pm
Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:00pm
Conceptualizing Important Facets of Teacher Responses to Student Mathematical Thinking Resource 03/19/2021 - 08:00pm
Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:52pm
Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:52pm
Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:52pm
Articulating the Student Mathematics in Student Contributions Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:44pm
Articulating the Student Mathematics in Student Contributions Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:44pm
Articulating the Student Mathematics in Student Contributions Resource 03/19/2021 - 07:44pm
Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking Poster 06/15/2018 - 12:37pm