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Part C

Defining Representation
  Introduction | Concrete Models | Written Representations | The Teacher's Role | Summary | Your Journal


Read the questions below and answer one in light of the content and students you teach. As you make your journal entry, use the material you've just seen and read as a context.

Questions to write and reflect about:
  • What are some effective methods of representation that your students use to solve problems and communicate their thinking?
  • Since young children have limited writing and drawing skills, one of the greatest challenges for a teacher is to "interpret" the way they represent their thinking and strategies. What are some steps you can take to help you make sense of your students' thinking?
  • What specific things do you do in your classroom to encourage students to use appropriate representations as they complete mathematical tasks?
  • Why do you think representations help students develop a deeper understanding of the mathematical concept(s) they are learning?
Three ways to write and reflect:
  • Use pen and paper.
  • Use a word processor.
  • Use the form below.
Be sure to save what you have written before you navigate out of the journal section.


Your work will be displayed in a printer-friendly format to enable you to print.

Thanks for writing in your journal. Please keep your entries in whatever format you choose -- you will find them useful for reference later.

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