My students are a class of 8 and 9 year-olds who enjoy learning. They are very creative and very curious. This hard-working group of students, are enthusiastic about writing about math. They will be writing to explain their reasoning using context-specific vocabulary and definitions.
My students will explain what strategy they used to solve the problem, how they checked their answer, and why their chosen strategy is the most effective and efficient.
My students will also critique the reasoning of others in order to continue to develop their mathematical reasoning.
With mathematics notebooks, my students will have a place to organize their thinking about mathematics and reflect on their growth throughout the year. Writing about mathematics is developmental.
Students need practice every day to develop the skills to explain their reasoning and critique the reasoning of others.
It is through writing about mathematics that students make sense of mathematics in a deeper level. They are able to write about mathematics in their own words and practice using content vocabulary and definitions. With a notebook in hand, my students will write explanations about why their chosen strategy to solve the problem is the most effective (the one that gets an accurate answer) and the most efficient (the one that gets an accurate answer in the fewest steps). Students learn to be flexible by learning from their mistakes and from each other by always thinking of the most efficient and effective ways to solve mathematical problems based on real-world situations.
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