Relating mathematics to students' everyday lives will be a goal for me as a teacher. With the research that I have read and through my own struggle with math, I feel that children need to make connections between the real world and mathematical concepts, so that mathematics becomes relevant to them. As it becomes relevant, students become more motivated to learn and more interested in the learning process. I think that students will benefit from using journal writing in math because it will engage them in further exploring and examining mathematical concepts. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for Teaching School Mathematics (1989) stresses that "communication plays an important role in helping children construct links between their informal, intuitive notions and the abstract language and symbolism of mathematics…". The emphasis on math has changed from solvin Continue...

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A fifth grade teacher wrote an article in Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, about how she implemented math journals in her classroom. Using journals is also a realistic way of listening to each student individually. This seemed to be an issue in a lot of the research that I read. She would have her students work in groups to find an answer and then each child would describe the process in his or her math journal. g equations to solving real life problems and writing about how the solution is found. Teachers complained that it took so much time to read each child's entry. I just don't understand why a teacher would have students write in a journal if they were not going to read the work. AlbertLanguage Arts (December 1994)Using Oral and Written Language to Increase Understanding of Math Concepts by Chelsea M. References: Childhood Education (Winter 19971998)Exploring Math Journals by Beth Howard FuquaTeaching PreK-8 (January 1996)Writing in Math and Science by Maryann ManningMathematics Teaching in the Middle School (April 2000)Daily Journals by Lillie R. I need to be able to check myself to make sure that I am teaching the material effectively. This is very important in my opinion. I will have my students keep a journal and I will give them topics to write about. I will not grade on grammar, spelling or punctuation because I want them to write freely what they are feeling.

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