We’ve been doing a lot of work recently around communicating effectively during math class, both verbally and in writing. We’ve talked about things like:
- Drawing an accurate and appropriate model; generalizing to rectangles or other simple shapes instead of drawing detailed pictures, using same-sized wholes, proportional models, etc.
- Labeling models clearly with words and numbers to clearly communicate what the model represents
- Formalizing our understanding into number sentences that show what the model proves
- Actually answering the questions! Especially by writing in a complete sentence to refer back to the problem text.
Here’s some work from a comparing fractions task recently. I love the understanding that some of their work shows about the relative size of fractional units. I can also see that our work in communicating clearly is starting to take hold.