“I’m not sure this is working. Only five of my students are participating and commenting each day. The rest sit there and look at me.”

*By Tabitha Eutsler*

This was my conversation with our math coordinator after my first few days of teaching IM K–5 Math^{TM} with my third graders. Those five students were having great conversations. However, my other students just sat there wide-eyed, silent, and staring blankly at their papers. I felt lost. Was this the best for my students? Could we survive a whole year of math like this? I wanted my students to love math and have a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts. How would this get them there?