Writing to Learn Mathematics by Joan Countryman. Strategies That Work, K-12 - Heinemann Publishing
Writing to Learn Mathematics

Writing to Learn Mathematics

Strategies That Work, K-12

By Joan Countryman

    I would recommend this book to all mathematics teachers because it has a wealth of ideas that could easily be used in the classroom.
    —The Mathematics Teacher

Investigating interesting problems about the world makes mathematics compelling and engaging, but many students experience math as simply a set of rules and procedures to memorize and repeat on tests. Writing, however, frees students of the idea that mathematics is a collection of right answers owned by teachers.

In Writing to Learn Mathematics, Joan Countryman demonstrates how you can dramatically improve students' reasoning capabilities...


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    I would recommend this book to all mathematics teachers because it has a wealth of ideas that could easily be used in the classroom.
    —The Mathematics Teacher

Investigating interesting problems about the world makes mathematics compelling and engaging, but many students experience math as simply a set of rules and procedures to memorize and repeat on tests. Writing, however, frees students of the idea that mathematics is a collection of right answers owned by teachers.

In Writing to Learn Mathematics, Joan Countryman demonstrates how you can dramatically improve students' reasoning capabilities using:

  • journals
  • learning logs
  • letters
  • autobiographies
  • investigations
  • formal papers.

The text provides descriptions of writing activities that classroom teachers can use to enhance the learning of math and includes examples of student writing, from short journal entries to excerpts from longer research papers. Most helpful are the topics suggested to explore at different levels of the primary and secondary mathematics curriculum, including descriptions of student responses to these presentations.

Readers of Writing to Learn Mathematics will discover how writing can help students develop concepts and thinking skills as well as free them to recognize what they know--and what they want to explore.

Contents

Contents:
1.
Writing to Learn: Teaching and Learning Mathematics; The Writing Process
2. Getting Started: Freewriting; Learning Logs; Other Strategies
3. Autobiography
4. Journals: Language; Cognition; Document Features; Journal Conversations; A Teacher's Journal; Some Practical Considerations
5. Word Problems and Problems with Words: The Emperor's Oats; Words in Mathematics
6. Formal Writing: The Writing Process; Papers
7. Evaluation and Testing
8. Reflections in the Classroom: The Classroom Climate; Habits of Learning