1st Edition

Intentional Talk How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions

By Elham Kazemi, Allison Hintz Copyright 2014

    Math teachers know the first step to meaningful mathematics discussions is to ask students to share how they solved a problem and make their thinking visible; however, knowing where to go next can be a daunting task. In Intentional Talk: How to Structure and Lead Productive Mathematical Discussions , authors Elham Kazemi and Allison Hintz provide teachers with a framework for planning and facilitating purposeful math talks that move group discussions to the next level while achieving a mathematical goal.Through detailed vignettes from both primary and upper elementary classrooms, the authors provide a window into how teachers lead discussions and make important pedagogical decisions along the way. By creating equitable opportunities to share ideas, teachers can orient students to one another while enforcing that all students are sense makers and their ideas are valued. They examine students' roles as both listeners and talkers, offering numerous strategies for improving student participation.Intentional Talk includes a collection of lesson planning templates in the appendix to help teachers apply the right structure to discussions in their own classrooms.

    Chapter 1: Introduction; Chapter 2: Open Strategy Sharing; Chapter 3: Targeted Discussion: Compare and Connect; Chapter 4: Targeted Discussion: Why? Let's Justify; Chapter 5: Targeted Discussion: What's? Best and Why?; Chapter 6: Targeted Discussion: Define and Clarify; Chapter 7: Targeted Discussion: Troubleshoot and Revise; Chapter 8: Conclusion: Reflecting and Learning


    Elham Kazemi is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington. She works alongside teachers to create thriving mathematical classrooms centered on children’s mathematical thinking. She is deeply committed to building university-school partnerships that tackle social and academic inequities and create strong professional learning communities. Allison Hintz is an associate professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington, Bothell. Working closely with preservice and in-service teachers in elementary classrooms, her research focuses on teaching practices that support all children in lively, robust mathematics learning.