Mathematics Best Practices

How can I help my students understand and use the important information in a word problem?

How can I have high expectations for all students in my classroom when they have such a variety of needs and backgrounds?

Effective questioning in the mathematics classroom attempts to support deep thinking about mathematics and helps students clarify their understanding for themselves and others.  Such thinking is a necessary part of growth in understanding mathematical concepts and is developed in multiple conversations over time.  It helps students to develop their ability to use mathematics in new situations, and to increase their long term retention of the big ideas of mathematics.