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Math IS Literacy- Now What?

A while ago, I argued that it IS possible to address literacy in math classes while addressing math content, and that: “whenever you’re engaging with students in meaningful work involving mathematical symbols and language- work that helps them understand concepts

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Posted in Disciplinary Literacy, Writing

Is Punctuation Really Necessary?

patrick stewart recently defended his dissertation at the university of british columbia what was unusual? he used almost no punctuation which makes me wonder- is punctuation really necessary? According to the Language Log linguistics blog, Stewart wrote the dissertation, which

Posted in English Language Learners, Grammar, Writing

Say Yes to Rubrics

Periodically, I turn to Alfie Kohn to metaphorically kick me in the rear and make me question everything I do- because he may change what I’m doing, but also because he makes me get very certain about why I’m doing

Posted in Assessment, Disciplinary Literacy, Rubrics, Writing

Roadmap to Hope

I’ve been thinking a lot about a student, whom I’ll call Alberto. I always felt like I failed him as a teacher when it came to improving his writing.  Every essay I assigned was returned with, at maximum, a paragraph

Posted in Motivation, Writing

Writing to Learn… or Communicate? Or Both?

Creating authentic writing opportunities in math… whew, it’s hard. In this case, when I say authentic, I mean the kinds of math writing professionals do in the real world.   It’s hard because in the real world, math writing is often

Posted in Authenticity, Writing

Make Time for Writing by Mapping to Learn

I’ve been looking for a good literacy chat on Twitter, and just stumbled upon one that I really enjoyed: #teachwriting. The discussion this week was on writing across the curriculum. First, let’s just define writing across the curriculum. I love

Posted in Disciplinary Literacy, Writing

Get Prompted

Recently, I was looking at an old assignment sheet I created for an English essay, and I have to say, I feel retroactively bad for my students.  This happens frequently, of course, and is inevitable if you’re a reflective practitioner,

Posted in Writing