Tip: Math Questioning Peers
How do I do it?
To allow students to discuss math so that they more fully understand it, model questions that you want students to ask one another, such as:
- How did you figure it out?
- What steps did you use?
- Prove it to me that you are right.
- Can you show me with a picture?
- What math words will you use when explaining?
- How do you know?
- What did you decide to do? Why?
- What are you sure about?
- What are you not sure about?
- How will you know if you are right?
- How do you know this answer is reasonable? What would be an unreasonable answer? Why?
- Would this work every time? Can you think of examples that wouldn’t work?
This will allow the students to practice using new math vocabulary and assess their own learning and the teacher can walk around and informally assess the students based on their conversations.
Common Core Mathematical Practice Standard 3
Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.
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