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Function Matters or Unpacking the skills!

Posted on February 9, 2020. Filed under: Uncategorized |

We ask students to do a lot of different things in math, including reading the word problem, writing the answer, illustrating the answer, showing their thinking, using their math words, proving the answer with different strategies, giving an explanation and sharing their thinking. These all require different types of talking and organizing of thoughts.  We have to be very explicit about what we are asking students to do and then teach them how to do these different things.

When of I think of all the types of things we ask students to do, I think about Larry Bell’s 12 power words. See some resources below.  We ask our students to do so many things and they are all different.  How do you teach your students these interdisciplinary skills in your classroom?  Do your students know the difference between compare and contrast?  Can they tell you the difference between analyzing the problem and summarizing the problem.  I find that many students struggle with this and that we need to take more time to explicitly work with these concepts.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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