A Model for Improving the Quality of Student Talk in Mathematics Classrooms

Math isn’t just about solving problems for points and grades. This paper provides an effective model for creating a classroom that is teeming with rich mathematical talk focused on building up and communicating important mathematical ideas.

Learn how to integrate math practices and processes, use math problems effectively, and support these increasingly-rich conversations among students.


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“Improving student-student math discourse ... requires us to move from a solving mindset to a building mindset, which results in higher quality math talk and deeper learning.”

Dr. Jeff Zwiers


“If we give students something to build, and they know that their partners can help them build it through conversation, then more and better talk happens.”

Dr. Jeff Zwiers