Turn and Talk

Mode of Instruction: Partner Work           Purpose: Share understanding

Objective: To promote productive struggle with a topic before mastery is expected, two students share mathematical ideas with each other. Teacher monitors through circulation.

To discuss a procedure or concept without writing, one team member explains while the other team member listens. If there is a disagreement, students continue to discuss the solution and agree on a single explanation. When partners have an explanation, they share with the rest of the team.

  • Students work in pairs.

  • Team Member (1) explains while Team Member (2) listens.

  • Team Member (2) asks clarifying questions to Team Member (1).

  • Partners agree on one explanation to share with other members of the team.

  • Roles are reversed for the next problem.

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