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Defining Communication
  Introduction | Developing Mathematical Ideas Through Communication | Analyzing and Evaluating the Thinking of Others | Additional Strategies | Your Journal
"With appropriate support and a classroom environment where communication about mathematics is expected, teachers can work to build the capacity of students to think, reason, solve complex problems, and communicate mathematically. This involves creating classroom environments in which intellectual risks and sense-making are expected."

(NCTM, 2000, p. 197)


Over the last two decades, the emphasis on communication in the mathematics classroom has expanded. We now know that more extensive communication, including discussing and writing about problems and ideas, can have a positive effect on concept development and retention, as well as problem-solving ability. Today, students often work in groups, communicating with their peers and teacher as they organize and make sense of information. They critique their own work and their classmates' statements to develop new mathematical understanding. As a teacher, it is helpful to consider the aspects of communication that are of particular importance to students.

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