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Incorporating writing into the math curriculum

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From: Gail (for Teacher2Teacher Service)
Date: May 01, 1999 at 17:28:59
Subject: Re: Incorporating writing into the math curriculum

I have my fifth graders keep a reflection journal. In it they tell me at
least one thing they "learned" or were curious about at the conclusion of a
lesson (sometimes in the middle of the lesson, if it is an appropriate
moment). These journals take just a few minutes to write, and then I ask each
group to share their ideas with one another. I wondered when I started using
them if my students would fuss. Fifth graders can be whiney sometimes.
Surprisingly, when I forget to ask them to take a moment to reflect, someone
invariably reminds me.

I look over what they have written and try to jot a note or two on each
page. That does not take me long, and I get a glimpse at what they learned
(which I can then compare to what I thought I was teaching them. You know,
sometimes it is a real eye-opener for me!)

 -Gail, for the Teacher2Teacher service

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