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Writing in the Mathematics Classroom

3 Credits
Learn how to teach K-12 students to reflect, share ideas and understand the meaning of math through writing. Teach students to explain and justify their thinking to others. Writing helps them organize their thoughts and procedures clearly. Writing in the mathematics classroom also provides opportunities for students to rethink explanations as peers listen and respond. This online course will explore the various uses of writing in the math classroom to enhance student understanding, increase independence and promote self-evaluation. Specific resources and activities provided will encourage the development and use of writing experiences such as reflective writing, math journals, and problem solving explanations. The interdisciplinary approach in this course and all of the readings and activities are built upon Common Core standards. Teachers may complete this course with or without students.

NOTE: Required textbook must be acquired separately.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.