Comments on: If You Want Students to Learn Math, Have Them Write About It http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html Education on the Edge Fri, 13 Jul 2018 19:57:19 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.7 By: Elena http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-2120 Sun, 15 Jun 2014 22:44:52 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-2120 For Read-Write learners this is a fantastic idea.
Albert Einstein said it best when he said,”If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.” Being able to explain the fundamentals of mathematics in a written language would, at the very least, let the teacher know how deeply the student grasps these concepts. I like this idea a lot. It’s definitely brilliant.

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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-2094 Sat, 14 Jun 2014 13:49:01 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-2094 Unfortunately, Mike, I see very few math teachers who are willing to have their students spend much time writing. Many math teachers simply believe it’s not worth the time. As Aviva demonstrates and you emphasize in your comment, teaching something and writing about it is a powerful learning tool.
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By: Mike http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-2084 Fri, 13 Jun 2014 18:55:32 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-2084 I would say that it’s pretty short sighted for any teacher of any subject to discount the idea that different students learn in different ways. The idea of using writing to internalize the learning process is a great way of allowing students to have more autonomy over their learning and to realize that even black and white subject matter can be scrutinized and dissected.

By writing about math (or chemistry or any other subject that is traditionally seen to only have 1 right answer) students develop the critical thinking skills to find the “right” answer without relying on simple memorization of processes.

I used to use a similar technique where I’d match up the good students with the struggling ones in small groups. There’s no greater tool for learning a subject matter than teaching it yourself!
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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-2050 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:18:53 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-2050 I couldn’t agree more that it’s so important to write about math to help process it. Aviva and her students do such a marvelous job demonstrating this. Hopefully, your college kids are also writing about math.
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By: Viviana http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-2047 Thu, 12 Jun 2014 14:28:42 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-2047 At the university where I teach, every freshman needs to take a writing class…No matter what their major is. And the reason is precisely that writing is not exclusively used in the liberal arts…Whatever your profession is, you will, sooner or later, find yourself in a situation in which you’ll need to express yourself in writing.
We should have learned that already! The Internet has made us write more than ever before! True, we can also watch, talk…But mostly it’s writing. And it’s very important to be able to put down your thoughts in this manner, if you want to grow as a professional…and as a human being!
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By: avivaloca http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-1916 Fri, 16 May 2014 11:18:58 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-1916 markbarnes19 avivaloca  Thanks Mark! This idea of just “checking off curriculum expectations” really bothers me. Like you, I don’t think that this is how to help inspire these “enthusiastic, independent learning” that you mention in your reply. This year, thanks to your book ROLE REVERSAL and other great inquiry resources that I read this summer, my teaching practices have really changed, and listening to student thinking now, I can tell that this change was for the better. Thank you!

Aviva

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By: markbarnes19 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-1915 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:55:18 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-1915 avivaloca  Thanks for adding to this. I couldn’t agree more about the thinking. You underscore a critical point about checking off curriculum items. Sadly, I think this is how much of education is today. We are so driven by <a href=”http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/04/more-trouble-for-pearson-and-common-core-tests.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>standards</a> that we often forget that the most important thing we can do as educators is inspire enthusiastic, independent learning in our students. 

Thanks for sharing, and I hope you’ll return to our conversations in the future.

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By: Mark Barnes http://www.brilliant-insane.com/2014/05/if-you-want-students-to-learn-math-have-them-write-about-it.html#comment-1914 Thu, 15 May 2014 16:27:20 +0000 http://www.brilliant-insane.com/?p=2963#comment-1914 Thanks for adding to this, Aviva. I couldn’t agree more about the thinking. You underscore a critical point about checking off curriculum items. Sadly, I think this is how much of education is today. We are so driven by standards that we often forget that the most important thing we can do as educators is inspire enthusiastic, independent learning in our students.

Thanks for sharing, and I hope you’ll return to our conversations in the future.

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