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Friday, February 27 • 11:15am - 12:30pm
Listening Matters: Teaching Mathematics from a Listening Stance FILLING

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“Here, when you said that 5 is 20% of 50, how did you get that?” Maria asks Brenda. Pausing to look at her work, Brenda replies, “I didn't do that right. I was supposed to divide by 50, I divided 50 by 10 instead of 10 by 50.”

In the midst of a lively discussion about a problem, a sixth grade student, Brenda, realizes she made a mistake. Hearing her classmate Maria’s question, Brenda courageously talks about her confusion as she returns to the board to revise her thinking. Sharing your thinking is risky business.

As this quote demonstrates, when students share their ideas during discussion, they run the risk of sharing something that is incorrect or that others in the class might not agree with. And yet, learning is often born out of working through mistakes and disagreements -- out of opportunities for students to share their thoughts and ideas about solving a math problem. Supporting students to share -- and sometimes revise -- their thinking is delicate work.

What, you might ask, makes an exchange like this possible? Our answer may surprise you. We believe it is the silent part of discussion -- listening -- that plays an essential role. We will propose that one of the most powerful ways to change how math is taught is to explicitly focus on listening. To build upon current research and the work currently happening in classrooms, we identify seven common talk moves and describe the listening that each talk move invokes. We often pay attention to what is said in discussion, but what do we notice when we turn our attention to what is heard and responded to? We argue that listening for understanding is at the heart of meaningful discussions in mathematics classrooms.

This session will explore this, and offer participants the the opportunity to reflect and share their ideas about teaching from a listening stance. You will also participate in an experiential exercise to experience what it means to shift from a talking stance to a listening stance.

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Kersti Tyson

Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico
Kersti Tyson is an assistant professor at the University of New Mexico where she has the honor of working with NM's future and current teachers. She supports future elementary teachers to learn how to teach math in equitable ways that honor children's sense-making. She supports current teachers to study and deepen their own professional practices. Kersti taught middle school math in Santa Fe and Taos, NM, has worked in education policy, and... Read More →

Friday February 27, 2015 11:15am - 12:30pm
Lamy Santa Fe Community Convention Center