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Saturday, November 6 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
503: Skeptic Conversations: Levels of Convincing in Math Class

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Students develop agency when they are allowed to own the mathematics they produce. One way to support student agency is through creating room in classrooms for students to contribute to math conversations and engage with students to build collective understanding. We will explore how we interchangeably use “explanations” and “convincing arguments” and expect students to know the difference. We are disappointed when student explanations are often a list of steps and at best communicate procedural fluency when we want students to produce convincing arguments that demonstrate their reasoning and conceptual understanding. Participants will experience how students can improve their communication, reasoning, and risk taking by participating in structured skeptic conversations through tasks that allow for rich discussion and are accessible to all students. Participants will also look at data collected on the changes that resulted in a middle school classroom over a year of action research.


Saturday November 6, 2021 1:15pm - 2:45pm PDT
Hilton, Horizon II