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Teaching Students to Communicate Mathematically: Chapter 5. Teaching Students to Write about Mathematics

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Teacher Quality Standards

  • QS III: Teachers plan and deliver effective instruction and create an environment that facilitates learning for their students.
    • Element D: Teachers establish and communicate high expectations and use processes to support the development of critical-thinking and problem-solving skills.
    • Element F: Teachers model and promote effective communication.

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This book chapter from Teaching Students to Communicate Mathematically provides teachers with a guide to writing in mathematics that allows students to "acquire a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes quality mathematical writing." This resource details three instructional modes for mathematical writing: showing, sharing, and supporting, with the ultimate goal of students making their thinking visible to their teachers. 

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Sammons, L. (2018). Teaching students to communicate mathematically. Alexandria, Virginia USA: ASCD.