- Describe the writing expectations at the beginning of the year.
effort varied quite a bit. It was also hard for me to provide feedback in a timely matter because the middle of the year is more hectic.
Starting at the beginning of the year gives you an opportunity to provide feedback and have the students do rewrites until they see
the level of mathematical thinking you are expecting.
- Related to the above, in the beginning of the year, collect the writing and provide feedback very early. When you return the writing
do rewrites, collect and provide feedback. Repeat with subsequent assignments as necessary.
- Model writing with mathematical thinking. Before giving the first assignment, read aloud your own example of writing on a similar topic
- Generate some writing prompts that are more general in nature. Use these to fill in when you have extra time at the end of the period, or for standardized testing days, etc. Click here for some starter suggestions.
- Plan ahead some bell-ringers and homework assignments that involve writing.
- Add writing questions to tests, quizzes and worksheets.
- Make a bulletin board (or have the students keep a "cheat sheet") of math vocabulary. Encourage students to use these words in their writing.
- Too long a delay between the writing and my feedback.
- Giving complex writing assignments too close to "the bell" - students will not put their best effort in.