# Archive for January 26th, 2011

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

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.

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**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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