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Part B

Exploring Representation
  Introduction | Try It Yourself: Interpreting Stories and Graphs | Summary | Your Journal


You've just explored two problems -- Building Viewpoints and Interpreting Stories and Graphs -- and examined how you might represent the information in each problem. You also thought about how you would use that representation to interpret all of the information and reach a solution to the task. Now we'd like you to write about your own classroom practice. As you make your journal entry, use the material you've just seen and read as a context.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • Can you write an original story for students to represent in graphic form? Be sure to use their interpretations for the basis of a classroom discussion. (You may want to have students write a story for classmates to represent with a graph.)
  • Choosing a mathematical task you currently use with your students, how could you make representation a core expectation as students complete this task?
  • How can you help your students move from their own forms of representation to more conventional forms? Think about the forms they are comfortable with and the forms you want them to use.
  • One year from now, where would you like to be in terms of applying the Representation Standard to your teaching? Think of some specific examples of how you can reach this goal.
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.

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