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5 Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematics Discussions

I was observing a phenomenal teacher yesterday who was eliciting the best mathematical discussion I have every heard.  My fellow math "coach" and I were sent out to answer the plea of a third/forth grade combination teacher who was having difficulty trying to figure out how to manage the different needs of her multi-grade classroom.

What transpired in her classroom was my colleague conducting a rich meaningful discussion that met the needs of all students in the classroom.

How did she do it?  Is this a gift that some teachers "just have" or is it a skill we can all learn no mater what are comfort level is with mathematics? 

I asked my colleague that question and she led me to the book

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Surprising Statistics!!

I am participating in an online course taught by Jo Boaler from Stanford University.  She posted this surprising statistic that I can't get off my mind.  What thoughts do you have about this?

50% of high school graduates that go to college, go to a 2 year college.

70% of THOSE students are put into remedial mathematics classes.

1 out of 9 of those pass those classes.

9/10 drop out of college.

What do you think about this?