Teaching Science and Math

Checklist
Using this checklist as overall guidance will help you grasp the fundamentals of how writing in math is different than other subjects.

Writing Prompts
Often the best way to assess students’ prior knowledge and experiences with math is to provide a situation in which they must explain a math concept or math situation. The following are a few examples of writing prompts that can be used to stimulate student thinking:
Often the best way to assess students’ prior knowledge and experiences with math is to provide a situation in which they must explain a math concept or math situation. The following are a few examples of writing prompts that can be used to stimulate student thinking:
 Tips I would give a friend to solve this problem are____________, ____________, and ____________.
 Where else could you use this type of problem solving?
 What other strategies could you use to solve this problem?
 The most important part of solving a problem is____________.
 You know several ways to____________(solve an equation, add fractions, etc.) Which method is your favorite? Why?
 Write instructions for a (insert grade level here) grader to follow when (adding fractions, finding percentages, calculating averages, etc.)
 Give two examples of situations in which you have used, seen or can find the concept of ____________. OUTSIDE of this classroom.
 Write a definition in your own words of a ____________.
 Compare and contrast the terms ____________.