# Participate in Mathematical Discussions

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# Participate in Mathematical Discussions

Listening actively and asking questions during discussions are as important as the presentation.

To create a good math community, you should:

- Focus on learning, not getting the answer right.
- Help each other learn.
- Be responsible for your own learning.

View the Hints during Ways of Thinking to read questions you can ask the presenter. Pick one or ask a your own question.

Discuss:

- What can you as a listener contribute to improve your classroom math community?

Hint: Here are ways listeners contribute to math discussions:

- Clarify—Tell the presenter when you do not understand.

“I did not understand. What do you mean by…?” - Critique—Challenge reasoning that is flawed.

“How do you know that…?” - Connect—Explore how different strategies result in the same answer.

“What you said is like…" - Compare—Describe similarities and differences.

“Is that different from…?” - Notice structure—Ask whether a conclusion is always, sometimes, or never true. “Is your conclusion always true for…?"