This is the summary of a presentation given at the 74th Annual NCTM Meeting, 25-28 April 1996, San Diego, CA.
This presentation provides a brief overview of current research and theory about children's use of language to solve problems in math. Examples of first and second grade children's math writing and drawings will be discussed in terms of the language systems and problem solving strategies that are observable in their writing. Conferring with children to help them refine and extend their problem solving strategies, use of language to solve problems will also be discussed. Several writing samples will be assessed in small group discussion and Implications for Assessment and instruction will be offered.
Janet L. Woods (Princeton Regional Schools, Princeton, NJ)
Suzanne Gespass (Rider University, Lawrenceville, NJ)
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