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

Posted on January 28, 2011. Filed under: Assessment, Elementary math, Guided math, Math is a Language, Mathematical Proficiency | Tags: , , , , , , , |


This is Part V of a series on framing writing in math class in terms of the 5 elements of mathematical proficiency.  Be sure to see the other posts.

Mathematical Disposition:

In these types of prompts you want students to do some self monitoring.  You want them to think about what they know, what they don’t know and what they kind of know.  They are self-assessing in a deep, critical and thoughtful way.

  • This is the tricky part…
  • I still need to learn more about….
  • Was this problem hard or easy? Why?
  • Draw a picture of a mathematician.  Write about where they are and what they are doing.
  • Write your Math Autobiography http://www.masters.ab.ca/bdyck/math/biography/
  • This is how I feel about math…
  • Do you like math? Why or why not?
  • Today I learned…
  • I’m still a bit fuzzy about….
  • Today we did…. This is the math we were practicing…

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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One Response to “Mathematical Proficiency and Writing in Math Class: Scaffolding Whole Class and Guided Math Group Activities Part V”

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Hi Dr. Nicki,

The Math Autobiography is a fantastic resource. Lang. Arts and Writing teachers will love the Math teachers. There could be a terrific collaboration for this assignment. It looks like a Grade 6 assignment, but Grade 5 students could tackle this. Also, the self-assessing prompts – how often? Every unit, a particular problem? Just curious about how you would use them most effectively.


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