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Teachers’ Responses to a Common Set of High Potential Instances of Student Mathematical Thinking

Presenters: Shari L. Stockero, Michigan Technological University; Laura R. Van Zoest, Western Michigan University; Blake E. Peterson and Keith R. Leatham, Brigham Young University; and Annick O. T. Rougee, University of Michigan
Location: PMENA Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana
This study investigates teacher responses to a common set of high potential instances of student mathematical thinking to better understand the role of the teacher in shaping meaningful mathematical discourse in their classrooms. Teacher responses were coded using a scheme that disentangles the teacher move from other aspects of the teacher response, including who the response is directed to and the degree to which the student thinking is honored. Teachers tended to direct their response to the student who had shared their thinking and to explicitly incorporate ideas core to the student thinking in their response. We consider the nature of these responses in relation to principles of productive use of student mathematical thinking.