Table of Contents

Foreword by Jo Boaler: The Most Important Moments

Introduction

  • Conferring Here, There, and Everywhere
  • How to Use This Book

Chapter 1 - What Is a Math Conference

  • What is a Math Conference?
  • The Conferring Process
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice

Chapter 2 - Setting the Stage: Creating the Conditions for Conferring

  • Choosing Rich Tasks
  • Setting Norms
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice

Chapter 3 - Eliciting and Interpreting: What Are They Doing?

  • Stance
  • Eliciting and Interpreting Student Thinking
  • Common Questions
  • Reflection on Your Own Practice

Chapter 4 - Nudging: Growing Student Thinking in the Moment

  • What Is a Nudge?
  • Deciding How to Respond: Five Types of Nudges
  • Moves That Support Nudging: What Do I Say?
  • What Nudges Sound Like: Five Vignettes
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice

Chapter 5 - Common Challenges

  • Three Signs a Conference Needs a New Direction
  • How to Get Back on Track
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice

Chapter 6 - Using Conferring as Formative Assessment

  • Four Ways to Use Conferring to Inform Instruction
  • Keeping Records
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice

Chapter 7 - Learning to Confer

  • Structures for Learning to Confer
  • Who You Can Learn With: Working Alone or Together
  • Resources for Learning
  • Common Questions
  • Reflecting on Your Own Practice
  • Closing Thoughts

Appendix: Sample Conferring Notes Template​​​​​