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Teaching children who have difficulties with expressive and receptive language skills, to “communicate their thinking” can be very challenging. I want to continue to explore what impact journaling will have on students’ ability to accurately solve word problems, increase their ability to explain their thinking, and to write about the math they are learning.

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FTBS- on the "write" path

School:
Lakewood Elementary School 
Subject:
Mathematics 
Teacher:
Jennifer Dorn 
Students Impacted:
40 
Grade:
K-5 
Date:
June 7, 2015

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Franklin Templeton Employee Back to School - $108.00

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Goal

Teaching children who have difficulties with expressive and receptive language skills, to “communicate their thinking” can be very challenging. I want to continue to explore what impact journaling will have on students’ ability to accurately solve word problems, increase their ability to explain their thinking, and to write about the math they are learning. 

 

What will be done with my students

Students will use their journals to (including but not limited to):
-solve problems and write an explanation to justify their thinking
-write summaries of lessons (e.g. Division is....)
-acknowledge feeling about their performance or about the standard they are learning
-promote discourse (i.e. conversation between student/teacher or student/student or student/parent)
-reflecting 

 

Benefits to my students

Journal writing as a part of math will allow students to develop metacognition (think about their thinking), make mathematical connections, and be accountable for their own learning. 

 

Describe the Students

I work with students with special needs (mostly Language Impaired, Specific Learning Disabled, or Other Health Impaired- ADHD). They are expected to be able to compute and solve math problems and be able to “justify” or explain how they solve problems and explain why they chose a strategy or method to solve a problem. My plan is to encourage writing in math as well as in Science or Language Arts.  

 

Budget Narrative

Journals come in packs of 12. I would like to purchase a classroom set. We are projecting having 40 students enrolled for the upcoming school year (this does not include students who may transfer in from other schools or become eligible to receive exceptional student services). 

 

Items

# Item Cost
1 24 primary math journals $54.00
2 24 intermediate math journals $54.00
  Total: $108.00

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