This resource offers math activities, planning activities, and a facilitator’s guide for developing mathematics leaders’ coaching practice and knowledge of math teaching and learning.

Discerning and Responding: Coaching in Real Time

Discerning and Responding: Coaching in Real Time

Discerning and responding: Coaching in real time

Chapter Elements

  • Case: Analyzing Multiplication
  • Math Activity: How Do You Know?
  • Focus Questions Activity

Case Description

Lisa, the coach-author, first encounters a fourth grade classroom where the students are no longer working on the school curriculum; rather, they spend the math class hour working on drill and practice. She listens carefully to the teacher who expresses her dismay at her students' work and the tensions she feels about the upcoming state test. The teacher's concerns have moved her to revert to classroom work that focuses on solving many problems with little, if any, emphasis on explaining or exploring reasoning and development of strategies for solving problems. Rather than intervene, Lisa takes it all in ...

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