Routines and tasks that promote mathematical discourse


students collaboratingNow that you are more than halfway through the current school year, you may have become acclimated to instructing in our Covid environment of mask wearing, social distancing, and planning with extra sanitation in mind. Some of us are teaching in-person, some still completely virtually, and some are doing both. No matter our learning environment, best practice in mathematics instruction is still best practice. 



In a previous blog, one of our reflective questions to ask oneself when planning was: 

Do my students have the opportunity to engage in mathematical discourse with one another? 


Think about the tech tools available to you that allow all students access to math routines and tasks that promote rich mathematical discussion. Would students be engaged in problem solving? Would they be able to practice essential skills such as collaboration and communication? 


Students engaged in mathematical discourse that follow research-based best practice may have gains of more thanvirtual learning student one year! 

-Hattie, Fisher, and Frey. (2017). Visible Learning For Mathematics What Works Best to Optimize Student Learning. Corwin: Thousand Oaks, CA.


To engage in learning around best practice in mathematical discourse utilizing instructional tools, your Central Rivers’ Math Team has created a self-paced professional learning when it is convenient for you.  



Amie Smith

Amie Smith is a Central Rivers Math Consultant serving the Northeast Sector. Reach out to her or any one of our consultants for support with math.



Central Rivers AEA Math Consultants

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Jennifer Schilling: Northwest Sector

Kenzie Hakeman: East Sector

Amie Smith: Northeast Sector