Mathematics Discussions: Expectations Matter

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Various strategies can help you build a classroom environment rich with mathematical discussion.

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George J. Roy, roygj@mailbox.sc.edu, is an associate professor at the University of South Carolina, having taught middle school math for eight years in Orange County Florida Public Schools. During his public school tenure, he achieved a NBPTS certification in Early Adolescence Mathematics. His current research efforts include examining uses of dynamic technology in middle school math classrooms.

Sarah B. Bush, sarah.bush@ucf.edu, is an associate professor of K–12 STEM education at the University of Central Florida's School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership in Orlando. She is a former middle-grades mathematics teacher who is interested in integrated, relevant, and engaging mathematics tasks.

Thomas E. Hodges, hodgeste@sc.edu, is an associate professor and associate dean of academic affairs at the University of South Carolina. He enjoys helping students see and act on the world as mathematicians through his work with preservice and in-service teachers.

Farshid Safi, farshid.safi@ucf.edu, is an assistant professor of mathematics education at the University of Central Florida. He focuses on developing teachers' conceptual understanding of K–12 mathematics, as well as connecting essential topics in professional development through the use of multiple representations and technology.

(Corresponding author is Roy roygj@mailbox.sc.edu)(Corresponding author is Bush sarah.bush@ucf.edu)(Corresponding author is Hodges hodgeste@sc.edu)(Corresponding author is Safi farshid.safi@ucf.edu)
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