Communicating Effectively

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.

 

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