Mathematical discourse can be defined as the habits of exchanging mathematical ideas within a classroom. Discourse encompasses the ways in which a classroom community thinks about, talks about, and represents mathematics. A class’s discourse is shaped by the teacher’s facilitation of learning and class discussions, and the nature of the mathematical tasks provided to students. Read On >

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## Seeing Our Students

“We’re developing young human beings. Math is the context.” Deborah Ball made this statement to a room full of educators on the first day of the Teaching Works Elementary Mathematics Laboratory. During this annual event, Dr. Ball teaches mathematics to a class of fifth-grade students as the educators sit silently in the back of theRead On >