This semester I have been surprised by the literacy levels of my students. They are able to analyze mathematical word problems in their homework independently and put together complicated directions to figure out what they need to be working on. They are not able to do this extensively however. They have not been able to pull out relevant information from more extensive word problems and problems of the week.
September 30, 2013
My literacy-rich classroom for math would involve students analyzing directions and given text to find the math behind them. My students will be engaged analyzing math within situations throughout their lives and the current events in society. They are reading over current events and using their math analysis tools to work through goals within the text. They are writing reflections on their learning on a daily basis as well as their thinking process in solving these math problems.
December 15, 2013
My literacy rich classroom has students analyzing more complicated problems and has students who are reading problems of the week in groups. The students are engaged in developing methods of analyzing problems and developing new strategies to measure justice in their social environment. They are reading articles about how to measure social justice using mathematics and mathematical breakthroughs in the field. Students are writing reflections on their process of thinking, math essays and notes on readings about math breakthroughs. They are discussing with their group all of these things and sharing their learnings in group discussions.
May 30, 2013
My literacy rich classroom has a series of texts and current events that students have analyzed and are now creating portfolios based on their learnings. Students are engaged in finalizing their research and are reflecting on their development throughout the year. Students are capable of independent learning in their analysis of current events and justice issues. Students have developed methods to test fairness and can look for accuracy and truth in their own studies of society.