Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions

First things first…

This is a virtual experience. You will need to use the WebEx platform on your computer, coupled with a working webcam and microphone, to fully engage with this experience. If you have any technical difficulties you should reach out to your facilitator ASAP. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes before the session begins to account for any technical difficulty.

Session-Specific Information: For relevant assignments, links, and resources, please see the appropriate headings under each session. These will be updated prior to each session.

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Login Address: https://teachforamerica.webex.com/meet/etsmith

Collaborative Work Space: https://goo.gl/BBH6d8

Meeting ID: 798 743 841

Student and Teacher Series Outcomes:

Students will find validity in their thinking, and will be oriented towards learning and sharing mathematical thinking rather than “answer-getting.” Students will own the discussion of mathematical concepts, and see themselves as capable knowledge-creators through this process.

Teachers will anticipate student thinking and their responses prior to conducting math discussions. They will systematically monitor students during such discussions, and appropriately select and sequence students in whole-class debriefs based on that monitoring. They will appropriately use such debriefs to connect math ideas.

Session 1: Get Them Talking – Planning Discussion-Driven Math Lessons

Tuesday, October 18, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • There is no assignment for this first session.

Session Outline

  1. Lesson Opening – Why Discussion
  2. Collaboration – How We Manage Discussion
  3. Learning – The Five Practices: Anticipating
  4. Collaboration – Designing Our Rich Task

Session Resources

Session 2: Intentional Talk – Facilitating Discussion-Driven Math Lessons

Tuesday, November 1, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • Implement the task you “anticipated” during the session on 10/18
  • Collect 3 student artifacts from your discussion lesson (high, medium, low performance)
  • Share reflections in the collaborative workspace before the start of the session

Session Outline

  • Artifact Analysis
  • Select, Sequence, Connect
  • Partner Talks

Session Resources

Session 3: Data for What? – Analyzing Discussion-Driving Math Lessons

Tuesday, November 15, 6:00-7:30 PM


  • Implement a full discussion cycle
  • Collect 3 student work samples and upload them to the collaborative workspace
  • Make sure you have up to date standards mastery and performance task data

Session Outline

  • 1. Q2 Data Stepback and Collaboration
  • 2. Artifact Analysis
  • 3. The Importance of Feedback
  • 4. Choose Your Own Adventure

Session Resources