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ERIC Number: EJ1098575
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1072-0839
Connecting Representations: Using Predict, Check, Explain
Roy, George J.; Fueyo, Vivian; Vahey, Philip; Knudsen, Jennifer; Rafanan, Ken; Lara-Meloy, Teresa
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, v21 n8 p492-496 Apr 2016
Although educators agree that making connections with the real world, as advocated by "Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All" (NCTM 2014), is important, making such connections while addressing important mathematics is elusive. The authors have found that math content coupled with the instructional strategy of "predict, check, explain" can bridge such real-world contexts. In so doing, this procedure supports the research-informed teaching practices of using evidence of student thinking and aiding meaningful mathematical discussion. In contrast to the common symbols-first approach, in which students manipulate symbols and memorize the mathematics, we have found that allowing students to investigate motion phenomena through the use of technology-based representations can foster students' deep understanding of mathematics. As an example, the authors describe a high-cognitive-demand task that connects a real-world context with mathematics while supporting seventh-grade students' understanding of rate and proportionality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 7; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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