From: Mary Lou
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: Re: Incorporating writing into the math curriculum
Writing about something is a personal statement. When writing in a journal or summary book, it is not public. The privacy of the statment that is read by solely the teacher and the writer encourages the writer to be honest. For the teacher it is an assessment of how much and how well the student is learning. If writing is daily, then having a weekly summary statement or progress statement might enable the teacher to reduce the amount of time reading and commenting. If the journals are due the day prior to a test, this enables the teacher to read when there might be available time. It is impossible for a teacher to read every word written by multiple students. It is usually not necessary to do all of the reading but only the summaries. Students who are having problems will need more attention but they, too, should not be solely dependent upon the teacher to write comments. Perhaps teachers should involve parents of young children in the reading process.
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