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How do Elementary Teachers manage to teach serious Mathematics to all students

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This presentation will analyze the complexities in elementary mathematics teaching that arise from having ambitious learning goals for students. Expecting students not only to acquire knowledge but to be able to understand why what they know makes mathematical sense, and also expecting them to be able to use what they know to solve problems means that the “content” of lessons cannot be described in a topicby- topic framework. Expecting students to learn what mathematics is by doing it means that the teacher needs to not only elicit student thinking but orchestrate students’ exchanges with one another and manage both errors and disagreements. Expecting all students to understand and use knowledge and to do mathematics with one another means that the teacher needs to treat all students as mathematical sense-makers even as they are struggling to figure things out. We will consider what this looks like in the classroom, as well as routines and practices that can support this kind of teaching. Contact

This talk is part of the Mathematics Education Research Group (MERG) series.

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