Making the Case

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Making the Case is a collection of classroom video examples and background materials to help high school teachers understand and implement the Argumentation and Critique standard from the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.

  • Making the Case: Overview

    This video from Making the Case introduces the video collection that illuminates Common Core Standard #3 for Mathematical Practice: “Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.”

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Encouraging Debate

    In this video from Making the Case, teacher Chris Luzniak uses debate structures in his 12th grade pre-calculus class to engage students in argumentation and critique.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Creating a Culture of Questioning

    In this video from Making the Case, teachers and math education experts reflect on the role of questioning in promoting argumentation and critique. Their comments are illuminated by classroom examples.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Planning

    In this video from Making the Case, teachers work together to prepare math lessons and modules in ways that incorporate opportunities for student argumentation and critique.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Language Support

    This video from Making the Case shows examples of how to foster argumentation and critique and support English Language Learners in mathematics classrooms.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Differentiating Instruction

    This video from Making the Case provides examples of how to differentiate instruction and at the same time provide opportunities for student experiences of argumentation and critique in the mathematics classroom.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Argumentation and Review

    This video from Making the Case shows how to incorporate argumentation and critique into test review for an AP mathematics test in statistics.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Build Student Vocabulary

    In this video from Making the Case, teacher Chris Luzniak explains his focus on precise mathematics vocabulary and its role in improving student skill in argumentation.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Visit Other Classrooms

    In this video from Making the Case, two teachers plan a lesson together, and prepare to visit one another's class.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Give Students Ownership

    In this video from Making the Case, a math teacher explains how to promote student ownership of mathematics content.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Hand it Over to the Students

    This video from Making the Case shows how to set up a classroom culture where students begin working together as quickly as possible.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Group Strategically

    This video from Making the case explains how organizing groups and setting appropriates tasks can help students develop skills in in argumentation and critique.

    Grades: 9-13+
  • Ideas in Action: Get a Second Sentence

    This video from Making the Case explains the value of asking for a second sentence to foster argumentation and critique.

    Grades: 9-13+

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