Mathematics

**What is mathematics discourse?**

- Refers to the exchange of ideas (both written and oral)

**Writing Supports Understanding**

- Students explain how a strategy works
- Students explain in writing how to do something
- Students explain errors they or their teachers have identified
- Students write their own definitions of terms
- Students develop an argument to support a point of view
- Students construct (and model answers for) their own problems
- Students write before a math session, looking forward to their learning.

**Benefits of Writing About Math**

- Organize thoughts
- Recognize confusions
- Form generalizations or draw conclusions
- Process and retain ideas
- Revisit ideas and thinking
- Permanent record - progress over time
- Make conjectures

**Give Feedback to the Writer:**

(requires a response and promotes student thinking)

- Does this always work?
- Can you show me another strategy?
- Tell me more about your results.
- Give me an example of what you mean?
- What if you did____, then what might happen?
- What would this look like? Model/draw it for me.