# Creating a Community of Students

### that make sense of Mathematical Ideas

## TIME

- To work through open ended problems
- To discuss solutions to problems
- For students to discuss their thinking
- For regular Number Talks/Math Talks

## Space

- Room arrangement allows students to work together in groups
- A range of hands-on materials and math tools are easily accessible
- Prompting charts are created with student input and displayed for student use
- Routines that support conceptual understanding of current curriculum goals are present and followed

## Hand Signals Show Undersanding and Self-Check | ## Math Tool Kit 5th grade-tools to solve any problem that comes their way! | ## Easy Access Students can easily use block, shapes, or counters to solve their math related problems. |

## Atmosphere

- Students are comfortable taking risks
- Mistakes are considered opportunities for discussion and growth
- Students are actively discussing and defending their mathematical positions
- Students encourage each other

## TEAMWORK By "Airplaying" iPads, students can see how others answered the same math problem | ## Student share Explaining their thinking through drawing and labeling | ## Student Math Talk Even in a math game, students can still assist to show others what they know. |

## Flexibility

- The lessons are a mix of small group, whole group and individual work
- There is a balance of instruction in conceptual and procedural math
- The teacher allow students time and suppports their efforts to make sense of math
- Opportunities beyond the textbook are intentionally included to support deeper understanding of mathematical concepts

## Whole Group All eyes on teacher to understand what the lesson will hold. | ## Thinking Partners Share Their Work Pairs work to talk through problems together. | ## Individuals Math facts to show what they learned as whole group |

## Sense Making

- Opportunities for math discussions, math connections, and reflection require students to describe and analyze their thinking
- Students write about math
- Students explain, justify and reason