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Lesson 4 – 4: What Strategies Can Help All My Students? – Discussion

What was your big take away from this particular lesson?
What is something you are still wondering?
Share your thinking below.

Thanks for sharing the routines for reasoning book. This could really help me to be more intentional about teaching those practices and helping my struggling students find success.

Is the curiosity path the episode #2 podcast? I haven’t had a chance to listen yet…

I am interested in fingding out more abou the Routines for Reasoing book. I wonder how we get teacher buy in for using the 8 practices without them feeling overwhelmed by more things to “teach”

Sounds like the routines for reasoning book is a good one to check out. I really connected with spending a good amount of time building in these routines/strategies (i.e. questions to ask themselves when stuck …) at the beginning of the year, in order to set students up well to be able to persevere through tasks later with I guess a bit of a toolkit under their belts.

Thinking now that school is still closed in California and thinking of the next school year. How am I going to Spiral? Will it be done at home or at school? 50% home and 50% at school? Digital or paper, or a mix? The strategies, I’m thinking maybe recording videos or finding other videos to show strategies we have used in the past or possible strategies we have not reached. The strategies to teach will be difficult to get through because there is nothing like inperson teaching.

I am very interested in the Routines for Reasoning book and determining ways to use the information to help create the classroom culture. This will be something else that I add to my early year routine when I work to establish relationships with my students. As Barb stated in a previous post, this will be a part of their “toolkit under their belts”.

Great move indeed! Ima huge fan of mini lessons by Cathy Fosnot. An amazing math talk routine for reasoning and building flexibility!


I’m also experiencing a lot of success with the vertical surfaces and random groupings and trying to create a thinking classroom based on Peter Liljedahls work. I was so pleased today when a student blurted out (Grade 8) “I love those groupings” as I pulled out my phone to use the randomizer app 🙂

I remember when the mathematical practices were introduced in Florida. I have to admit it sounded good but wondering how to actually use it in a classroom. I definitely will check out the book Routines for Reasoning book.

Can you be more specific about the practices and what you’re struggling with?
