As students solve problems in a group, they learn new strategies and practice communicating their mathematical thinking. This sharing helps students reflect on their problem-solving approaches and expands their Mathematical Flexibility.
Watch how this upper elementary teacher facilitates collaborative problem solving with a small group of students. He supports mathematical thinking and strengthens their Math Communication by asking students to explain their reasoning to others. He also builds their Metacognition and Self-regulation by asking students to observe and reflect on how they communicate in a group.