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Neurologist/Teacher/Grad School Ed faculty/Author

Math and Writing

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Michelle,
Your specific applications are wonderful and I'll be sharing them with others in my workshops...and of course crediting you. Kudos, Judy

6th grad math teacher, Mathews County, VA

Math and Writing

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During my second year of teaching math in our small district, the four math teachers joined forces to discuss and brainstorm ways to increase the state scores and one of the conclusions of those meetings was the development of a master list of content specific vocabulary as well as non-math words that might stump students that could be used/instructed in the Math classes. I had studied the brain research that spoke of the networks that were created when students incorporated writing into their problem solving. We implemented a process wherein students must "prove" their work in one of four ways: give a definition, tell a rule, draw a picture, or show their work. Once the students were well-versed in this process, we added a second component: "Talk to Me". The talk to me is a journal type explanation of a problem solving technique. I personally push these strategies and we have seen a substantial increase in our scores. They are still not where we want, but they are going up! Thanks for posting a more in-depth explanation of what we came up with!

Neurologist/Teacher/Grad School Ed faculty/Author

I'd love to see the words on

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I'd love to see the words on these poems. My computer can't increase the resolution of the jpeg without it losing clarity. Can you post or email me the words jwillisneuro@aol.com
Judy Willis
www.RADTeach.com

IB Maths teacher; Author

Strategies I have used

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Some of the strategies I used and worked for my students can be seen on:
http://humanemaths.blogspot.in/search/label/LanGUage%20and%20MathS.

Would appreciate any comments on them.

IB Maths teacher; Author

Thanks!

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I am a maths teacher and I heavily use language in the class. This article has helped me to understand the 'why' of what I do intuitively. Thanks!

5th through 12th Language Arts teacher, Sacheon, South Korea

As a language arts teacher

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As a language arts teacher who has taught math I completely agree. I would often have students fold a paper in half. On the left hand side they would do the math work and on the right hand side explain each step in words. Mistakes and the reasons behind them became obvious very quickly.

Writing for logical functions in math and science

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Your Part 2 of 5 benefits of writing for logical functions in math and science learning was a renewed encourager for my required weekly writing assignments. This blog agreed with and solidified my recent study of cognition in my NILD Canada Level l course. There is so much to learn and apply for my students' benefit!!! Not only is handwriting a perceptual and cognitive skill but the visual-motor and motor planning ability integrates bilateral and asymmetrical movements which forces the use of both right and left brain hemispheres. I personally would take the handwriting practice and development to another level and require math and science students to write out a few of their problems forcing them to think through in a logical step-by-step order to prove his/her rationale of how he/she arrived at their final answer. Unfortunately, students are in too big of a hurry in problem solving to catch non-sensical errors. This method would definitely slow them down. As an educator it is imperative for my students' success to understand the learning process and adapt accordingly.
Thank you for your research and this blog!!

Science teacher

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Your series is right, "write," on with the new common core standards. Science and Math teachers must incorporate argumentive and informative writing into our curriculum. I agree with using technology to reach students after school hours in a less stressful way to communicate. Also, I find it comforting that students are actively increasing brain learning from the ages 8-18. Research has focused on the under 5 years old to 10 year olds as the best time. That is why your series of using writing and hands on activities will stimulate both sides of the learner's brain and we as educators need to take note.

9th grade math teacher from ND

Writing in Mathematics

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I also really enjoyed this blog. It answered many questions for me as well. We have been told that writing is so beneficial in the classroom and that it needs to be done. However, in math I have sometimes found this hard to accomplish. I have had students do a little bit of writing by having them explain their steps to an answer in words or by explaining a method that they used, but I think I need to have them do a little more. I like the ideas of having students write stories or songs with math concepts because I too believe that keeps them more engaged and it is fun for them. Great blog!

5th grade Math/Language Arts Teacher

So many questions answered!

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Wow! What an eye opener. I really enjoyed reading your blog, it answered so many questions I had. I have heard and read similar articles, but this really made sense. Thank you for proving that Math and writing can coincide. We are trying a new program at our school with our math program where students have to use sequential events to solve problems, and in turn explain how or why they reached the conclusion they did. This really helped me understand what it will be like for the student, and the thinking process they will have to reach. Thanks for the insight!

Jackie

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