Part of building mathematical communications skills includes the ability to build justifications. Math practice standards call for students to not only figure out the problem, but communicate how they solved it, and why their answer is correct -- using evidence.
Developing these skills is important, but it’s not always easy. Using math language and putting understanding into words can be difficult. And, it can be challenging as a teacher to let students stumble through their thinking instead of giving them the answer.
Classworks can help!
Use Classworks Applied Mathematics to support your math instruction. Applied Math activities allow for flexibility in the way students communicate their ideas.
Applied Math activities include lessons for K-8. Not sure how to get started? Here are a couple of videos to help: Differentiated Problem, Critique and Precision Problem. Or, use this 3rd-grade lesson plan for guidance.
*Information from NCTM session presented by Nicora Placa