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Teaching Students to Communicate Mathematically


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Students learning math are expected to do more than just solve problems; they must also be able to demonstrate their thinking and share their ideas, both orally and in writing. As many classroom teachers have discovered, these can be challenging tasks for students. The good news is, mathematical communication can be taught and mastered.

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Effective Mathematical Conversations

Teaching Students to Engage in Mathematical Conversations

Writing About Math

Developing Mathematical Vocabulary Knowledge

About the authors

Laney Sammons was a classroom teacher and instructional coach for 21 years before becoming an educational consultant. Since retiring from the classroom, she has worked with teachers of all grade levels throughout the United States and Canada to help them improve their mathematics instruction.

She is the author of numerous books, including Guided Math: A Framework for Mathematics Instruction, Strategies for Implementing Guided MathBuilding Mathematical Comprehension: Using Literacy Strategies to Make Meaning, and Implementing Guided Math: Tools for Educational Leaders.

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