Teaching Routines and Student-Centered Mathematics Instruction: The Essential Role of Conferring to Understand Student Thinking and Reasoning
The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Educational leadership, Mathematics education
We compare two lessons with respect to how a teacher centers student mathematical thinking to move instruction forward through enactment of five mathematically productive teaching routines: Conferring To Understand Student Thinking and Reasoning, Structuring Mathematical Student Talk, Working With Selected and Sequenced Student Math Ideas, Working with Public Records of Students’ Mathematical Thinking, and Orchestrating Mathematical Discussion. Findings show that the lessons differ in the enactment of teaching routines, especially Conferring to Understand Student Thinking and Reasoning which resulted in a difference in student-centeredness of the instruction. This difference highlights whose mathematics was being centralized in the classroom and whether the focus was on correct answers and procedures or on students’ mathematical thinking and justifying.
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Thanheiser, E., & Melhuish, K. (2023). Teaching routines and student-centered mathematics instruction: The essential role of conferring to understand student thinking and reasoning. The Journal of Mathematical Behavior, 70, 101032.