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Writing in the Mathematics Classroom

3 Credits
Learn how to teach K-12 students to reflect, share ideas and understand the meaning of math through writing. Teach students to explain and justify their thinking to others. Writing helps them organize their thoughts and procedures clearly. Writing in the mathematics classroom also provides opportunities for students to rethink explanations as peers listen and respond. This online course will explore the various uses of writing in the math classroom to enhance student understanding, increase independence and promote self-evaluation. Specific resources and activities provided will encourage the development and use of writing experiences such as reflective writing, math journals, and problem solving explanations. The interdisciplinary approach in this course and all of the readings and activities are built upon Common Core standards. Teachers may complete this course with or without students.

NOTE: Required textbook must be purchased separately.

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Paul Reimer

I believe in the power of ongoing, collaborative learning opportunities for teachers that develop usable knowledge and shared practices. I have been active in education for more than 20 years as a teacher, instructional coach, workshop presenter, and designer of mathematics programs at the K-12 level. Currently I am a Ph.D. student at Michigan State University where I am exploring the relationship between teachers' beliefs, attitudes, and practices. My courses deal with issues that many teachers of mathematics have experienced. How do I best assess my students? How can I get students talking about math, and how do I facilitate that discussion? How do I get out of the textbook and into an engaging task that harnesses curiosity and makes use of critical thinking and reasoning? Developing shared practices around these ideas through collaborative reflection and support is the focus of our online community.