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Part B

Exploring Reasoning and Proof
  Try It Yourself: Factors of 24 | Extending the Activity | Problem Reflection | Your Journal


You've just explored a problem and examined how you might reason about it. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. Read the following questions and answer one in light of the students and content you teach.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • What are some characteristics of problems that present worthwhile mathematical tasks that encourage students to sharpen their reasoning skills? How can you incorporate such tasks into your classroom?
  • Upper elementary students should begin to collect and organize data, investigate patterns, make conjectures, and suggest and defend general rules for their patterns. How can you help your students develop these abilities?
  • How can you help your students develop their ability to use reasoning and proof while also learning necessary skills and mathematical concepts?
  • How do you think about reasoning as you problem-solve? How might your own thought processes and approaches influence your teaching?
Three ways to write and reflect:
  • Use pen and paper.
  • Use a word processor.
  • Use the form below.
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.


Your work will be displayed in a printer-friendly format to enable you to print.

Thanks for writing in your journal. Please keep your entries in whatever format you choose -- you will find them useful for reference later.

Next  Learn how the Standards define reasoning and proof

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