Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Part C

Defining Communication
  The Communication Standard | Using Effective Questioning | Using Precise Language | Additional Communication Strategies | Communication and the Other Process Standards | The Classroom Environment | Summary | Your Journal
"I've found that through rephrasing, kids are much more in tune to the lesson. If they know that they're going to need to rephrase, it builds in that accountability -- that, yes, there is something valuable here for you to be learning, and now you need to be paying attention to that so that you can rephrase it. I also have kids rephrase it as an assessment for myself."

-- Hilory Paster, teacher

  Reasoning and Proof, and Representation

In middle school, the mathematics curriculum is more complex and abstract than at the elementary school level. Students at this age are making the transition from concrete representations to expressing mathematical ideas using symbols. Through communicating both orally and in writing, students can begin to clarify their thinking and learn how to express their ideas in more abstract ways, for example, by using symbols. Explanations should include the "why" and not just the "how" of the problem-solving process.

Problem Solving and Connections

As students work to solve problems through talking and writing about their thinking and listening to the ideas of others, they will begin to build a repertoire of strategies they can use to solve a variety of problems. They will begin to see and appreciate the connectedness of mathematical concepts as well as how mathematics is used outside the classroom in all aspects of everyday life.

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