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A Broader Approach to Academic Discourse

In each episode of the Inside Our MIND podcast, we take a look at issues and challenges facing education that we are working to address through research, technology and strategic initiatives.

In our latest episode, Brian welcomes Lead Mathematician and Product Director Brandon Smith back to the podcast for a conversation about academic discourse. They talk about how academic discourse in math goes far beyond the standard requirements of constructing arguments and critiquing reasoning. By taking a more holistic approach, teachers can create opportunities for academic discourse throughout the learning process, and support students’ natural curiosity in ways that lead to deeper understanding.   

There's more to academic discourse if you look at it from a human standpoint.

-Brandon Smith, MIND Research Institute

You can listen to the episode in the player below:

Topics Covered:
0:45 Intro
2:30 Going Beyond the Standards
5:00 Communication as a Human Endeavor
8:00 Content vs. How We Learn
10:50 Communicating with the Intent to Learn
14:00 Engaging When We Don’t have an Answer
19:00 Putting Focus on Process vs. Product
30:30 Multiple Modalities of Communication

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Brian LeTendre

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Brian LeTendre orchestrates content development at MIND Research Institute. He is an author, podcaster and avid gamer.

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