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Teachers' Lounge Discussion: Incorporating writing into the math curriculum

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From: Mary Lou <mderwent@chern.math.nd.edu>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2000100111:55:46
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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