Thursday, May 21, 2015

Reading and Writing In Mathematics

As we all know, The Common Core State Standards call for a focus on literacy in all subjects; including math.  But where do we find guidance on how to teach literacy in the mathematics classroom?

The WGBH Educational Foundation and Annenberg Learner have collaborated in the creation of Reading and Writing in the Disciplines. This  course focuses on what it means to be an effective communicator in each of the disciplines.  It provides multiple ways to integrate literacy practices into lessons.  Units 1-4 of this course discuss disciplinary literacy and are designed for all teachers, but units 5-8 are subject specific and get into the nitty gritty of literacy in the math classroom specifically.

Additionally, the entire Annenberg Learner website seems to have been redesigned and updated!  Remember the Counting Stairs problem that I have used at both network meetings and within the math and special education protocols?  The problem itself is now interactive!  Check it out here.  You can even watch videos of students working on the staircase problem.

Speaking of videos, Massachusetts schools are featured throughout the Reading and Writing in the Disciplines website! Towns such as Brookline, Reading and Malden have graciously volunteering their classrooms to support this project. Feel free to check out this free and comprehensive resource.

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