3 Part Math Lesson

Much has been published about the 3 part math lesson which John Van De Walle made popular.

We have looked at the implementation of learning goals and the development of a math talk community within the three part lesson.

  • Students are given a question or problem that focusses them on the math to come
  • Tweaks student thinking so a range of solutions (or a particular desired solution)  will be used in the main problem
  • Students work on problem in groups, recording their solutions and methods
  • Teacher circulates, asking probing questions to help groups move to a solution
  • Key solutions are identified for sharing
  • Students share key solutions with math talk orchestrated by teacher
  • Teacher records key learnings (learning goals)
  • Students independently practice learning in new problem


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