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1-2-3 Reading Protocol

This is a reading strategy where teachers select 1 practice or challenge to work on in the classroom, list 2 reasons for working on it, and list 3 tasks needed in order to be successful.  


5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions

The 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions provides teachers with concrete guidance for engaging students in discussions that make the mathematics in classroom lessons transparent to all.

  1. Anticipating
  2. Monitoring
  3. Selecting
  4. Sequencing
  5. Connecting


6 Word Synthesis

1. Read and mark up the text to gain an understanding of the ideas and applications. 

2. Synthesize your ideas about the reading into only six words. Your six words could be a sentence, phrase, connection, personal learning, or an Aha. 

3. Record your six words for presentation to the group. 

4. Be prepared to connect your six words to content in the text.


Additional Strategies

Attached is a list of STTS.  Some teachers make a poster of these for their classrooms and place a checkmark next to those that they have tried so that their students become familiar with these strategies.


Mode of Instruction:  Teamwork           Purpose: To have students share strategies

Objective: To support productive struggle in the classroom, students share math authority in their learning by sharing strategies and multiple methods. The teacher can monitor the procedural development of conceptual understanding.

Students are eligible to be Ambassadors once the team has finished problem solving and the teacher has assessed for understanding. An Ambassador is sent to work with other teams to support productive struggle. The Ambassador asks the team questions to guide understanding during problem solving.

  • Teacher appoints Ambassador

  • Ambassadors help other teams


  • Do the problem yourself.
  • What are students likely to produce?
  • Which problems will most likely be the most useful in addressing the mathematics?

Anticipating is Step 1 of the 5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Math Discussions.

Assessment Practices Outcome 1

Understand CPM and NCTM assessment documents and connect them to instructional practice and assessment decisions

Assessment Practices Outcome 2

Reflect on and make connections between formative assessment and instructional strategies

Assessment Practices Outcome 3

Utilize CPM’s assessment tools and resources

Assessment Practices Outcome 4

Identify appropriate formative and summative assessment topics and strategies for each chapter based on the learning progression

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