CE Credit Hours: 1.00 Continuing Education Credit Hours
Although writing in mathematics is considered extremely beneficial for students, descriptions of the types of and purposes for mathematical writing have fallen short in adequately informing instructional practices. The purpose of this brief continuing education course, developed using information from the Task Force on Conceptualizing Elementary Mathematical Writing, is to outline the four types of mathematical writing and the multiple purposes of each type. Overarching goals for elementary mathematical writing are discussed as well as specific components of exploratory, informative/explanatory, argumentative and mathematically creative writing.
1. Describe the benefits and overarching goals of incorporating writing into mathematics.
2. Discuss ways to provide elementary educators with a framework that encompasses the variations and intentions of mathematical writing.
3. Outline the four types of mathematical writing and the multiple purposes of each type.
4. Differentiate between exploratory, informative/explanatory, argumentative and mathematically creative writing.
5. Review examples of students’ writing in each of the four areas and identify the strategies and thought processes they used.
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