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From: Lisa Leeper

To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 1999072817:08:02
Subject: Re: Incorporating writing into the math curriculum

I have my eighth grade math students write "journals" every two weeks.
The first week is always used for writing about an assigned math
problem. I read all of the journals and return them with comments from
me. The second week is used for revising and editing. The revised
journal is turned in for the final grade. All of the writing is done
as homework.

The students groaned at first but really became careful and proud of
their work by the end of the year. I think this was due to the
feedback I gave them in writing. I also set up a format for the
students to follow when writing about the assigned problem:
     .Introduction - restate the problem in your own words
     .Plan - what is your plan for solving the problem
     .Show work - "do the math"
     .Conclusion - state your answer as it pertains to the problem 

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