Reflection: Writing Across the Disciplines Write About Math the Way You Talk About Math - Section 5: Planning Ahead


 Keep in mind that students answers have been corrected and revised prior to writing.  This means that most students have the correct answers for all 3 parts.  

 Read each of the student responses with the exemplars in mind.  Most of the answers will be in a "4" range because they have answered the questions correctly.  However, there is still a wide range of quality responses.  

While reading, I sort the responses into piles based on quality.  Then use crayon to mark the back of each.  The color coding system allows me to keep track of the different types of 4s.  

I then, sort the piles again so that there are 5 piles with at least one example of each type of answer.  

Tomorrow, students will work in groups to score these open responses.  Not only will they give each paper a score, based on the state examplars, they will choose a "better than the best" example and write about what they have learned from it. 

Having students learn from their classmates provides scaffolding and concrete models.  

I am trying to push the students to focus on getting the right answer, and then to explain their strategies using rich language. 

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Write About Math the Way You Talk About Math

Unit 1: Numerical Expressions and Patterns
Lesson 13 of 13

Objective: SWBAT use writing to explain their mathematical thinking and reasoning.

Big Idea: Students use this opportunity to write about math showcase what they have learned this year. They explain their thinking and listen to classmates reasoning as they make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

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