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Math Proficiency and Writing in Math Class: Scaffolding Whole Class and Guided Math Group Activities Part III

Posted on January 26, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Elementary math, Guided math, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , |

This is Part 3 of a series of posts about framing writing in math class in terms of the 5 elements of mathematical proficiency.  In this post we will look at question types for Procedural Fluency and Strategic Competence.  Be sure to see Part I.

Procedural Fluency

In these types of prompts, students simply are explaining the procedure, the how to, the way…

  • How do we  _____?
  • What are the steps for solving this problem?
  • Why can’t I _______?
  • Tell me how to ___________?
  • When you _________, watch out for ________.

Strategic Competence:

In these types of prompts students are discussing the use of efficient strategies.

  • Explain your  strategy.
  • How did you solve this problem?  What strategy did you use and why?
  • In what way can we?
  • Explain two ways to solve this problem.
  • Explain a fast way to solve this problem.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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