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Part E

Evaluating Reasoning and Proof
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First, gather your entries from Journals 1-4 and reread them, editing your original comments as desired. Highlight the questions that were most provocative or productive for you in thinking about reasoning and proof. Would you like to add to what you have written? If so, go for it.

Here are some questions for your final journal.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • We have now studied the Communication, Problem Solving, and Reasoning and Proof Process Standards. How are these Standards connected? Why is reasoning and proof an important element of effective problem solving and communication?
  • Small changes can make big differences. What one change in your classroom could you make to improve your students' reasoning skills? Could you make that change the next time you walk into your classroom –– say, tomorrow? Why or why not?
  • Imagine that a video team was to arrive tomorrow to tape your class as a study of reasoning and proof in action. What would the video show? What would you be proud of? What might you want to change?
  • In terms of reasoning and proof, as a teacher, where would you like to be in a year? How might you get there? How will you know when you're there?
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 print out this last entry and add it to those for Journals 1-4.

Congratulations -- you've completed the session! If you are someone who is motivated by rewards, give yourself an appropriate one now. You've just completed a substantial amount of work, and you deserve credit.

Next  In the next session, we will address the Representation Standard.

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