Mathematics: Cultivating a Discourse-Rich Classroom — Secondary is designed to address the needs of secondary and postsecondary educators 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 students’ mathematical reasoning and communication.
  • Implement strategies that use and connect mathematical representations in order to deepen students’ understanding.
  • Use purposeful and higher-level questions to assess and advance students’ thinking.
  • Implement routines that allow for gathering and utilizing evidence of students’ thinking in order to assess, support, and extend learning.


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

Module 2
Using and Connecting With Students Through Mathematical Representations

Module 3
Asking Meaningful and Higher-Level Questions

Module 4
Gathering and Utilizing Evidence of Students’ Thinking and Learning