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Step 2 in the 5 practices in practice.

After you have come up with the rich task that you will use in your classroom, it is time to let your students dig in! While they are working on the task your job will be to monitor their work. Take this time to listen in to what they are talking about as they work. Restrain yourself from jumping in to help them find a solution. Don't take the pencil out of their hands, which is a habit we as teachers have. Smith and Sherin, 2019, suggest using two types of questioning to get students to think about their strategy and the reasonableness of their solution. Assessing questions allow you to ask about the process and strategies students are using to arrive at their answer. Advancing questions are asked when you want students do dig deeper into their thinking about the task at hand. Remember that students get the most out of problem-solving when they come up with their own strategy and use that strategy to find the answer!!

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