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# MIAA 350 Math Articles

Christina L Hambleton
11/22/14

Less is More
Rong-Ji chen

Provide

## less guidance to students and

engage them in challenging mathematical
Making

## math easy by explaining every detail

and exact procedural directions can hinder
students ability to learn in-depth mathematical
concepts
By

## doing so, students use minimal cognitive thinking

skills. Requires no effort on their part.

## Teachers Lesson on investigating the relationship between diameter & circumference

with the object being to learn concepts of pi & how to calculate & estimate its value

## By making the finding of relationship between diameter &

circumference EASY for students students missed out on
the opportunity to

## Relationship between diameter & circumference is assumed as it is

given in the procedure

## Leads students to mistakenly believe that math does NOT include

exploring, justifying, representing, predicting, & communicating.

## Problems without numbers create an environment for outside

the box thinking using their own cognitive power

finish?

## Teacher provided them with information about the Tour de

France location, number of cyclists, how long and how many
kilometers.

## Students in group came up with questions pertaining to

necessary data and the need to know speed and distance.

working formula:

## Baron competed in a 130-mile race. His average speed

was 30 mph. How long did it take him to finish the race?

Desired Outcomes

## Important to engage students in conversations about mathematics to

encourage inquiry and problem solving techniques

## Need to show students it is OK to make mistakes. Its OK to try several

times before solving a problem

## Question students on their method of solving. Dont be quick to point

its wrong. Engage in conversation as to what was done correctly and
how he/she could improve on their technique.

## Remember to allow students to engage in challenging problems.

Remove yourself from the solving process as much as possible! Shift the
responsibility of the thinking process over to the students.

## Putting Mathematical Discourse in Writing

Sararose D. Lynch & Johnna J. Bolyard

Goal:

## Create a classroom environment where students engage in meaningful

mathematical discourse

Teacher created a penpal relationship between their 6th grade students and
preservice teachers

Students were given a problem and asked to complete a graphic organizer with:

## Penpals reviewed graphic organizers

They created responses and questions about the students work which would

## Drawing on higher-order thinking skills

Teacher Observations

## After analyzing the correspondence between

students and penpals:
If

## students completely understood context of problem,

they could more easily give descriptive,
mathematically based explanations of their problemsolving processes
Explicit questioning from the preservice teacher
probed and encouraged students mathematical
thinking

Outcome

## Provided students more opportunities to communicate their

mathematical thinking & reasoning

## Implemented the use of self-monitoring based on the THINK

framework (Thomas 2006)

their own

conceptual view

## Created classroom environment where students engage in

meaningful verbal and written discourse to support overall
learning