## Math Discourse - Class Blog

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Erika Lee
3/31/2015 06:51:22 pm
My aha moment was seeing first hand (with the adults as the students) that talking it out really is the key to solving math problems. It was so interesting to see how we were able to work through the problem orally to discover our own mistakes and misconceptions.
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Mo Prince
4/4/2015 07:31:52 am
Kathy and I worked together with one student and it was very much a challenge to only ask her questions. The student read the passage once by herself and we read it many times throughout the course of trying to solve the problem.
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Lindsay Henning
4/6/2015 10:14:02 am
Working with the student at class was very difficult for my partner and I. I realized that when I thought I was asking only questions to my class at times, I clearly wasn't. It was a lot more difficult than I thought, even though we could see the misconceptions. I've been practicing in my class with small group conversations, but it still seems a bit awkward at times. The change has clearly been good, but definitely difficult.
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Lou Ellsworth Yow
4/9/2015 09:31:30 am
I found the experience of working with 3 fourth grade boys to be quite challenging when trying to get them to figure out the problem just by asking them questions. Tom and I both worked at moving them towards a solution, but were not successful. The only question that seemed to move their thinking was, "Where are the cookies?" Once the boys began to account for the cookies, they seemed to have some sense of how to keep track of them. But it never steered them in the direction of considering "working backwards". Neither of us really knew how to get the boys to think of doing that. It was frustrating. Luckily, the students enjoyed the process and didn't get too wrapped up in it, even though they never figured out the answer.
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Hyun Moon
4/16/2015 03:16:51 am
Working with fourth grade students was a challenge but worthwhile. I learned just how prepared the teacher must be in terms of understanding the problem, anticipating multiple misconceptions, knowing students’ strengths and challenges upon having previously established strong bonds.
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Tom Martin
4/19/2015 12:58:47 pm
As usual, I found the class to be very valuable.
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Angelina Salyers
4/20/2015 02:06:55 am
I loved being able to work with the 4th grade students! They really bettered my understanding of what this whole class is about. I came away realizing that I still have a lot of work to do as a teacher to better my understanding and skills with math discourse. Working in Kinder is a whole different world then working with 4th graders. It was a lot of fun to work with students who are more detailed and accelerated in their thinking. I appreciated when Eileen came over to help Erika and I with some questions for our students. They were stuck on one idea of the problem and Erika and I had some trouble getting them away from this misconception. I would enjoy working with students again at the end of this class and seeing if I would be able to help them differently. :)
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Robin Horenstein
5/4/2015 10:44:12 am
Working with the 4th grade students was a good way to put problem-solving in action, especially when we had the luxury to be with one teacher and one group. Still, the problem was very challenging and the reasoning may well change, given another day…or maybe we asked too many questions, or not the questions that should lead to the ah ha! So a valuable learning experience for us teachers and one to refine and try in our class.
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Brenda Pfeifer
5/9/2015 08:22:30 am
It really felt great when I had my aha moment explaining my work on the cookie problem to the class. Talking through my thinking and explaining along the way really made my mistake obvious to me as I was working on the board. It was so powerful to me that I have revisited using the white board to show work instead of projecting student work already done. I see my students taking more pride in showing and explaining their work on a math problem. They actually smile and say, "I see where I made my mistake." They have been supportive and patient with each other as they work through problems.
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Julie
5/10/2015 05:51:23 am
It was great to work with students under the guidance of eileen and other teachers.
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Kathy Koford
5/10/2015 08:50:07 am
It was eye opening working with the fourth grade student. I was really glad that I was working with Mo. First of all, the problem was challenging. I was able to solve it, but not immediately.
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Danelle Block
5/10/2015 01:08:29 pm
I really enjoyed watching the fourth graders solve this very challenging problem. It was hard to keep quiet and let them talk it through. I'm going to need to work on asking those guiding questions. Our two students were so close but we just couldn't manage to come up with the right question. Eileen, however, stepped in, asked the right question and suddenly the students had their ah-ha moment. So much fun to watch!
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DeMaur Herrera
5/10/2015 04:36:15 pm
Working one on one with a student only asking questions was really hard for me. First, the level of the problem seemed very high for this student and also because she was EL. The language likely played a part in the complexity of the task. I was struggling to find the right questioning to guide, yet not tell the student how to think about it or even do it for her. It gave me a better appreciation for how difficult it might be a student with no experience to do this.
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