Intentional Talk: A Casual, Summer-Long Book Study

I started reading Intentional Talk way back in December. I loved what I was reading, but with many other demands on my time, I was only able to read a chapter here and there before leaving it by the wayside altogether.

Fast forward to now and what do I stumble upon? Some fabulous folks on Twitter are doing a book study throughout the summer, reading just one chapter per week. I can totally handle that! You probably can too! Here’s a flyer with all the details:

If you’re unfamiliar with the slow chat format, basically it means there is no set time to chat. Rather, during the week questions will be posted using the #intenttalk hashtag and you can read and respond whenever it fits your schedule. How convenient is that?

I will point out that the chat did start last week. So depending on when you get your copy of the book, you might have to play a bit of catch up, but don’t worry, you’re not that far behind. Here’s a schedule to show you how the reading is broken up week by week. Take note of the moderator next week for chapter 3, none other than Elham Kazemi, one of the authors of the book! How often do you get to take part in a book study where the author participates? This is awesome!

If you’ve gotten to this point and you’re thinking to yourself, I don’t even know what this book is about. Why should I even bother reading it? Good question!

In the book’s Foreward by Megan Franke, she lists numerous reasons why classroom conversations are crucial for mathematical learning:

  • Students achieve mathematically when they explain the details of their mathematical ideas, when they engage with the details of other’s mathematical ideas, and when others engage with their own mathematical ideas.
  • Engaging in mathematical conversations in productive ways can help students see themselves as smart and competent in mathematics.
  • Students learn to listen to others, ask insightful and respectful questions, and reflect on their own understandings.

Be prepared. This is challenging work, but it is also greatly rewarding work that is worth our time and effort. The authors lay out the vision, but they also provide support through vignettes from primary and intermediate classrooms, guiding principles to help you make decisions, and planning tools to help you get started. And with a community of folks participating on Twitter, you’ll have lots of support to ask questions and share ideas. I hope to see you throughout the summer!

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