Developing these skills is important, but it’s not always easy. Using math language and putting understanding into words can be difficult. And, it can be challenging as a teacher to let students stumble through their thinking instead of giving them the answer.
Classworks can help!
Use Classworks Applied Mathematics to support your math instruction. Applied Math activities allow for flexibility in the way students communicate their ideas.
- Scaffold math communication skills using Applied Math digital tools. If students are still working on improving math writing skills, have them record their justification using the audio recording tool. They can transcribe their recording to improve their comfort level with writing. Drawing their justification is also an option.
- Prepare using the Applied Math teacher resources included in each lesson. Review the sample student responses provided to set expectations for student justifications with each concept.
- View students’ work in real-time and provide personalized feedback to help them move beyond the “how” to the “why” in their justifications.
Applied Math activities include lessons for K-8. Not sure how to get started? Here are a couple of videos to help: Differentiated Problem, Critique and Precision Problem. Or, use this 3rd grade lesson plan for guidance.
$2,500 for classroom technology
Give all of your students access to technology to work on building math justifications. Classworks Digital Learning Grant application is open! We are awarding three teachers $2,500 each for classroom technology. Expecting a complicated and rigorous grant application process? We wouldn't do that to you! Complete our simple online form to be considered for the grant. Apply now.
*Information from NCTM session presented by Nicora Placa