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Friday, August 16, 2019

Practice Writing Extended Responses in Math

Do your students struggle with writing in Math class? 

Do your students need more practice writing extended responses?

Getting students to write about Math can be a challenge at first, but with practice and persistence your students can master writing Math fluently. There are many different strategies to use in getting your students to write math. Daily practice during math warm ups (bell work) is one strategy that can be very effective.

How to start writing math extended responses

At the beginning of the school year is the time to assess students’ math writing. This will be invaluable. Look for certain aspects in the writing process. See how well they write sentences and problem solve. This will allow you to see their strengths and weaknesses in writing math. Do they need to work on calculations? Do they need to work on writing? Are they proficient in grade level vocabulary? 

First Steps

Mathematics is a thinking process that leads to more effective problem solving. Students need to practice problem solving more. Provide practice with Math vocabulary and writing Math prompts. The prompts are mostly open ended giving the student the ability to write openly about Math.

Next Steps

Apply and adapt a variety of appropriate strategies to solve math problems. Give students the opportunity to see and work through different problems. Have mathematical discourse about which strategies work best when solving these problems.

Final Steps

Monitor and reflect on the process of mathematical problem solving. Continue reviewing and evaluating each other’s responses. Show students a variety of responses to a math problem and discuss the errors in reasoning. This will be a powerful strategy and tool for students in building problem solving practice.

Take Action

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