This post is in support of my Monday afternoon session at the NCSM Annual Conference in New Orleans. For those of you stumbling on this post from somewhere else, here’s the description of my session:

The very first Mathematical Practice, “make sense of problems”, includes many ideas that have long been foci of literacy instruction. Yet when “math” starts, both teachers and students often leave those good habits behind. We’ll look at examples of this and explore how to translate literacy routines into good mathematical practices.

Download the handout [pdf]
Download the PowerPoint slides [pdf]

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