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October 15, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

The Best Resources For Writing In Math Class


Regular readers know that, in addition to teaching high school during the day, I also teach an ESL Methods class to teacher credential candidates at California State University, Sacramento.

Next semester, I have also insanely agreed to teach a content literacy class to credential candidates at the University of California, Davis.

I’ve got a good handle on writing in Social Studies and English classes and, in preparation for the course, am reading up on writing in math and science classes.

You might also be interested in My Best Posts On Writing Instruction.

Here’s the beginning of a list on writing in math (I’ve also including some resources on reading), and one on writing in science is not far behind. Feel free to share your own suggestions:

Should We Do More Writing in Math Class? appeared in Middleweb.

Students in My Math Classes Next Year Will Do a Lot of Writing. Here’s Why is from Ed Week.

4 Tips for Writing in the Math Classroom is by Heather Wolpert-Gawron.

Writing In Math Class?

Writing in Math Class by Mr. Honner


Writing Across the Curriculum – Mathematics

Writing in Math is by Marilyn Burns.

Using Writing In Mathematics To Deepen Student Learning

Using Writing In Mathematics

Harness the Power of Writing in Math is from The Teaching Channel.

Using Writing to Improve Math Learning is from AMLE.


Integrating Writing and Mathematics

A Guide to Writing in Mathematics Classes

Math Prompts from Read Write Think

Reading in the Mathematics Classroom

Utilizing Reading Strategies in the Math Classroom

Teaching Reading in Mathematics and Science

August 3, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New PBS News Hour Video Segment: “Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels”

Last night, the PBS News Hour did a segment on Andrew Hacker titled “Thinking about math in terms of literacy — not levels.”

You can read the transcript here, and I’ve embedded the video below.

You might also be interested in a previous post about Hacker, Statistic Of The Day: “You Don’t Need” Algebra & Geometry.

May 30, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

“Mathpix” Solves Handwritten Math Problems


I’ve previously written about the PhotoMath app, lets you point your phone at a math problem on a textbook and then solves it while showing all the work involved.

Now, though Jill Berkowicz, the great Ed Week blogger, I’ve learned about a new app called Mathpix that supposedly does the same thing – but with handwritten math problems.

Here are a couple of videos showing it in action (since the math equations shown in the video are way beyond me, I have no idea about the quality of the app’s work – I’d love to hear feedback):

May 23, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

New Video: Jo Boaler On Learning, Mistakes & The Brain

I’ve previously posted about Jo Boaler’s work (see Great New Video: “When People Make Mistakes Their Brains Grow, More Than When They Got Work Right”).

Thanks to Dan Meyer, I learned that her TEDx Talk was just posted today. It’s titled “How you can be good at math, and other surprising facts about learning” and it’s definitely not just applicable to math.

I’m adding it to The Best Resources For Showing Students That They Make Their Brain Stronger By Learning:

February 6, 2016
by Larry Ferlazzo

Statistic Of The Day: “You Don’t Need” Algebra & Geometry

Who Needs Advanced Math? Not Everybody is the headline of a New York Times interview with educator Andrew Hacker.

I am very sympathetic to his position. I just wish he cited the source for some of the statistics he cited, like this one:


Does anybody know the source of that number?

I received an answer to the above question via Twitter:

And what do you think of his position overall?

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