Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse-Rich Classroom — Elementary is designed to address and meet the needs of elementary educators, counselors, and site leaders to develop mathematicians through cultivating a discourse-rich mathematics learning environment.

Participants will explore the teacher moves necessary to empower students to engage deeply in mathematics, communicate their ideas, and connect their thinking to that of others.

This collaborative experience will engage participants in strategies they can implement to create a culture for discourse, utilize a variety of mathematical representations, ask intentional and higher-level questions, and gather evidence of student thinking and learning.

Participants will engage in both synchronous and semi-synchronous learning. All strategies, digital activities, and digital tools experienced can be leveraged in face-to-face or virtual learning environments.

Performance Objectives

  • Build a safe learning environment to maximize student mathematical reasoning and communication.
  • Implement strategies that use and connect mathematical representations to deepen student understanding.
  • Use purposeful and higher-level questions to address and advance student thinking.
  • Implement routines that allow for gathering and utilizing evidence to assess, support, and extend learning.


Module 1
Creating a Culture That Centers Academic Risk-Taking and Mathematical Communication

Module 2
Using and Connecting Mathematical Representations

Module 3
Asking Meaningful and Higher-Level Questions

Module 4
Gathering and Utilizing Evidence of Student Thinking and Learning