Writing in the Real World

Emily Burrell, Math, Piedmont Open IB Middle

Curriculum Unit (pdf)


When was the last time you were asked to write actual words in mathematics class? If you said, you never remembered writing in math class, you are grouped with the majority of students today who have never written in math class. There is overwhelming research that to understand a concept, you must be able to express your thoughts and ideas on how you came to the conclusion you did at the end of the problem. Students are losing their ability to communicate effectively their peers not only in a written capacity but also verbally. With technology creating shortcuts and abbreviating words, students have become less comfortable with writing and expressing their own ideas and backing up an argument they may have. This unit is designed to guide students into expressing their processes and arguments in their math classes through communication, verbally and through writing.