The Standards for Mathematical Practice, which are integrated throughout our math mini-lesson content instruction, as well as math workshop time require students to explain their thinking when making sense of a problem. The first graders have been going deeper into their thinking and this week have made huge gains! They have been constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others during their latest performance task "The Wheel Shop."
The ability to express their thinking and record their strategies in written form is critical for today’s learners. According to Marilyn Burns, “Writing in math class supports learning because it requires students to organize, clarify, and reflect on their ideas--all useful processes for making sense of mathematics. In addition, when students write, their papers provide a window into their understandings, their misconceptions, and their feelings about the content.” (Writing in Math. Educational Leadership. Oct. 2004 (30).)
The use of math journals is an effective means for integrating writing into the math curriculum. Math journals can be used for a variety of purposes. Recording problem solving strategies and solutions, reflecting upon learning, and explaining and justifying thinking are all uses for math journals. Additionally, math journals can provide a chronological record of student math thinking throughout the year!
What we're learning in first grade. Students are also making comments in class! At home add to the posts, too.