Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Mathematics--Study and teaching (Primary);
Writing in math has given me a much better benchmark-driven curriculum. I know more clearly how to help students accomplish math benchmarks. I used to have a separate time for the students in my classroom to write and a separate time for my students to do math. Nearly two years ago, I had the idea of writing in math. I read what other teachers had tried and I tried to include more writing in math. The results have confirmed my belief that writing in math is a worthwhile practice. Writing in math gave my students a greater understanding of math. It showed me what the students understood and it exposed their misconceptions. Reading the students' math writing helped me make instructional decisions and assess student progress. Writing in math offers an interactive way for students to communicate what they have learned, so that teaching is not a one-way street (Stix 1994). Now we still have a time in our classroom to write and a time to do math, but our math time also regularly includes writing about math.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts in Education
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Rick C. Traw
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©2003 Tammy Bakken
Bakken, Tammy, "Writing in a second grade math class" (2003). Graduate Research Papers. 299.