Listen to the researchers ...

“… good education allows children to experience mathematics as they play in and explore their world … good [educators] interpret what the child is doing and thinking and attempt to see the situation from the child’s point of view.” (Clements & Sarama, 2009)

Doug Clements – Bringing the Math Knowledge Out
This video is used with the permission of the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario.

Voices from the Classroom ...

“We think the most important aspect we have learned is the necessity of knowing those strategic questions to ask that will move student thinking forward. This reinforced the fact that in order to be intentional in our questioning, we must have knowledge of the conceptual understandings and learning continuums … we must give students many, many opportunities to explore math. This will help us become more familiar with the students’ math thinking, learn more about how concepts develop, and practice our questioning.” (Primary Educator)

As you watch the following videos you may wish to consider:
What signals do children give to indicate their thinking may be stalled? When is it helpful to enter into student thinking?

Young Mathematicians: Educators Reflect

Two educators share their observations of the learning in their classrooms.

Young Mathematicians: Socially Constructed Learning

A Grade 1/2 educator reflects on how children use the documentation of other children’s learning to build their own mathematical thinking, representation and understanding.