Welcome to the Heinemann PD Professional Learning Community Series! This month, we highlight and discuss the language of mathematics.
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You might already use the the practices of “turn and talk” during reading, but what about during other content area lessons?
In order for students to clearly express mathematical understandings, they need daily opportunities to practice using the specific academic language related to this content area. In this clip, taken from Sue O’Connell’s On Demand course, notice how students are given ample time not just to think through their response, but to share this thinking verbally with a partner.
The simplicity of this instructional strategy gives students the chance to express their own thinking as well as listen to the reasoning of others, skills that are of utmost importance in mathematics today.
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Looking for more PD on this topic?
Online: Heinemann has two On Demand courses focused on Math instruction, powered by our Digital Campus: Putting the Practices Into Action: Implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice by Sue O’Connell and Making Math Far More Accessible to Our Students by Steven Leinwand. Follow the links for more!
Off-Site: We’re excited to announce a whole new batch of workshops for the Spring 2017 season! Join Sue O’Connell for Math in Practice: Building Understanding of Fractions Through Observation, Discussion, and Discovery, and discover other informative PD opportunities here.
On-Site: Want to energize your teaching staff all at once? Have you considered bringing speakers or consulting authors to present in your school or district? Learn about our on-site consulting program here.
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Sue O’Connell (@SueOConnellMath): When it comes to the world of education, Sue O’Connell has done just about everything. She’s been a classroom teacher, a teacher for the gifted and talented, a math coach, a school improvement specialist, and a university professional development schools coordinator. These days, Sue is a popular and well-known author and consultant who presents informative and practical workshops all around the United States. She is the lead author of Heinemann’s new Math in Practice series. She is also the author of a variety of books, including Putting the Practices into Action, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Addition and Subtraction, Mastering the Basic Math Facts in Multiplication and Division, and Introduction to Problem Solving.