Writing Breaks in Mathematics

Diana Avery-Gaskins, Math, Northwest School of the Arts

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


Writing has great implications for the student and for one who teaches mathematics. I have noticed that students in high school need development of their writing skills in mathematics. When high school students are assigned real world questions their answers to the questions are sometimes left blank or answered with very few words that do not include an explanation. The purpose of this unit is to provide the students in my freshman and sophomore classes with opportunities to increase their understanding of concepts, and help them to make connections, by using “Writing Breaks and “Reflection Writing” to increase active engagement in mathematics. Written communication is an important skill for all students, when creativity and written discourse unites in mathematically creative writing, students are challenged to engage in higher-level mathematical reasoning and communication.