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ERIC Number: EJ941392
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Sep
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Learning to Write about Mathematics
Parker, Renee; Breyfogle, M. Lynn
Teaching Children Mathematics, v18 n2 p90-99 Sep 2011
Beginning in third grade, Pennsylvania students are required to take the Pennsylvania State Standardized Assessment (PSSA), which presents multiple-choice mathematics questions and open-ended mathematics problems. Consistent with the Communication Standard of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, while solving the open-ended problems, students must explain and describe the process they follow to arrive at their answer. This article discusses a student-friendly math rubric that helped improve third graders' competencies when explaining solution strategies in writing. It describes a third-grade teacher's story about her action research project and what she learned about using the math rubric with elementary school children. (Contains 7 figures.)
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. 1906 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1502. Tel: 800-235-7566; Tel: 703-620-3702; Fax: 703-476-2970; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania