Mathematical DiscourseOrchestrating Discussions in the Secondary Classroom
Math Discourse in the Secondary Classroom is a course that promotes discussions centered around mathematical tasks, computation and vocabulary. These components provide for class discussions that allow students to talk and write in such a way that they reveal their mathematical understanding of concepts through reasoning and debate. By orchestrating math discourse, participants will see how students share ideas and clarify understandings, develop convincing arguments regarding why and how things work, develop a language for expressing mathematical ideas, and learn to see things from other people’s perspective. In addition, they will learn how to establish a classroom culture that promotes rich discussions by setting ground rules using a variety of talk moves. Participants will also learn how to facilitate and guide students in several formats including whole and small group discussions through the facilitator modeling and video examples of research-based teaching practices.

The following links are resources and videos from the course:


I. Creating a Discourse Friendly Environment
Setting Up Classrooms with Group Work by Ms. Warbutron and Ms. Jones Video
Using Accountable Talk and TASK Rubric: in action in Mr Dohnman's Classroom


II. What is Mathematical Discourse?



III. Math Discourse Partner/ Small Group Task
MARS Activity: Always, Sometimes, Never True Video
MARS Activity: Sometimes, Always, Never True Lesson Plan

IV. Whole Group Discourse with the Prom Task
PowerPoint designed by Meredith College for Prom Task
CCSS Tasks for Math I, II, and III Navigating the Seven C's Website collaborated by Meredith

V. Student and Teacher Talk Moves Resources






VI. Vocabulary Resources



Math Vocabulary in the Common Core - Attend to Precision by Michelle Flaming
CCSS Math Vocabulary Words at a Glance Grades K-12
Vocabulary Spelling City Many Recourses

VII. Computational Discourse Resources


VIII. POSTERS and other goodies









A Classroom Sneak Peak of the Mathematical Practices 1-8 by Michelle Flaming
What do the CCSS look like in a classroom? by Michelle Flaming
Michelle Flaming addresses what the math practices look like in the classroom, what students will be doing, what teachers will be doing, and the most important, the type of questions teachers will be asking.

Secondary CMS Math Wiki



IX. The following books were used to help create the class:
*Click on the book to buy online

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X. Additional Lessons that promote math discourse

Grade 6

Grade 7
Probability Lessons
The following standards are addressed: MCC7.SP.5; MCC7.SP.6; MCC7.SP.7; MCC7.SP.7a, b; MCC7.SP.8a, b, c.
The following Mathematical Practices are addressed:
MP2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Students’ reason about the numerical values used to represent probabilities as values between 0 and 1.
MP3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. Students approximate probabilities and create probability models and explain reasoning for their approximations. They also question each other about the representations they create to represent probabilities.
MP4. Model with mathematics. Students model real world populations using mathematical probability representations that are algebraic, tabular or graphic.

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Grade 12