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

This is part four of a series of posts on writing in math class using mathematical proficiency as a framework.  Please be sure to see the other 3 posts.

In these types of prompts, students are really trying to communicate their mathematical thinking.  They are trying to communicate their understanding, defend their ideas, and map out their ways of knowing.

• The thing you have to remember with this kind of problem is……..
• Tips I would give a friend to solve this problem are…….

Teacher would fill in the prompts below according to the topic of study:

• Prove ________.
• Convince me that ____________.
• Explain why ____________ is not true.
• Explain why _____________is true.
• Teacher gives an example and then asks: Why can’t I do that?
• Teacher gives an example and then asks: Why doesn’t that work?
• Teacher gives an example and then asks: Is that true or false?
• Teacher gives an example and then asks: Why is that true?
• Teacher gives an example and then asks: Why is that false?
• Teacher gives an example and then asks:____says ______ and _______ says _____. Who is correct? Why?

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki