The Common Core State Standards in Mathematics and the Next Generation Science Standards will place a greater premium on developing student capabilities for “talking science” or “talking math”. Spending time in math or science classrooms suggests that this is a radical shift in how instruction is currently performed.
If we are able to accomplish this transition to a form of instruction that values and increases the amount of guided student talk that expresses developing ideas in mathematics and science, we will have gone a long way toward making the subject matter – matter in their lives. And if we can do that, it is virtually certain we can improve student achievement. Read the rest of this entry »