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Presented at the Southeast Math Summit in Winston-Salem, NC

Our Lead Math Solution Specialist, Sarah Galasso, recently presented at the Southeast Math Summit, and Jennifer White, Math Teacher at UNCSA High School, was kind enough to capture her talk on Twitter! Follow along here:

Reading and Writing to Uncovering Students Mathematical thinking with @SarahGMath #SeMathSummit

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“Reading is the non-verbal form of listening” pic.twitter.com/se7E9Vp09d

“There’s a lot of reasons we avoid talking about reading in a math class...”

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“We need to creste a culture about reading in the classroom” pic.twitter.com/gVMzC0OLE7

Sara then throw a ski trip problem at us to make us feel anxious.

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“Because why should our expectations for students be any different for reading than for what we do with speaking”#semathsummit

So we need to let students experience reading mathematics and analyzing what’s happening. #semathsummit pic.twitter.com/iSBymcaKBu

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“We need text rich math experiences” #semathsummit pic.twitter.com/UqDKWcb3UF

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

@SarahGMath gave us a math problem WITHOUT A QUESTION bc she wanted us to anticipate Ss needs and not jump in and solve the problem #SEMathSummit pic.twitter.com/hFaSE9cNnf

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

Some very awesome notices for confusing vocab for ELL learners pic.twitter.com/fv0GwpUdkd

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

So now that we’ve anticipated these needs we need to be INTENTIONAL about what we use. Do we want to give students the answers to all the anticipated hiccups for students? Do we want to leave ambiguity for a reason? We get to decide #semathsummit

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

So what strategies do we want: an option is Multiple Read Strategy.

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

Ps Mathematizing is a real world and my life is forever changed #SeMathSummit pic.twitter.com/Cn8g4vCo5Z

“I’m a big fan of annotation. BUT BE CAREFUL. Don’t tell students what to annotate, because then their just coloring, let them annotate. Then the cognative load is on them”

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

Paraphrase of @SarahGMath #semathsummit

What’s the answer?

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

How did you READ this expression?

Did you get 3? Did you get 27? pic.twitter.com/26bHs1JVcv

Did you read this as (18/2)*a? Or 18/(2a)? Cause how you read it dictates the math you perform. #semathsummit

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“If they got the answer of 3 they don’t have an order of operations problem. They have a decoding problem”

What about:

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

-X

What’s that mean? #semathsummit

The difference between reading

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“Negative x” and “the opposite of x” will change the way a student approaches a problem.

“Reading challenges in math is NOT explicit to words. We need to think about symbols and sentences in the same way!”#semathsummit

“Writing is a reflective process”#semathsummit pic.twitter.com/CFkcGG6gvX

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

“Reading students writing provides an objective assessment of understanding.”#SeMathSummit

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

This third graders reflections is AMAZING! #semathsummit pic.twitter.com/uEOmwybhZQ

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

And now. We math:

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

Which store should Raven buy her boots from?

Instead of asking “which is the most cost effective?” Asl “which would you choose? Why?”

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

This allows for some non-mathematical reasoning. If the shoes are only $2 different, there’s some personal reasons that can make the decisions.

Tips for writing in math #SEMathSummit pic.twitter.com/Zdc9a0rfVr

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

Wanna hear more? Here’s @SarahGMath info and contact info https://t.co/bLYb9RJ1k3

— Jennifer White (@JennSWhite) July 27, 2019

- Carnegie Learning

Carnegie Learning is helping students learn *why*, not just *what*. Born from more than 30 years of learning science research at Carnegie Mellon University, the company has become a recognized leader in the ed tech space, using artificial intelligence, formative assessment, and adaptive learning to deliver groundbreaking solutions to education’s toughest challenges. With the highest quality offerings for K-12 math, ELA, literacy, world languages, professional learning and more, Carnegie Learning is changing the way we think about education, fostering learning that lasts.

- July 29, 2019

“Reading student writing provides an objective assessment of understanding.”

Sarah Galasso, Lead Math Solution Specialist, Carnegie Learning