Tackling Tangential Student Contributions

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Blake E. Peterson Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

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Shari L. Stockero Michigan Technological University, Houghton

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Keith R. Leatham Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

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Laura R. Van Zoest Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo

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Do your students ever share ideas that are only peripherally related to the discussion you are having? We discuss ways to minimize and deal with such contributions.

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Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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