10 Steps to Launch Math Writing

Through this systematic, explicit teaching, all students develop independence and build stamina for this valuable activity that fosters independent learning and success.

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Once you've built stamina during Math by Myself, and taught the Foundation Lessons of Math Writing, you're ready to launch using the 10 Steps to Teaching and Learning Independence.

  1. Identify what is to be taught: Math Writing
  2. Set a purpose: Create a sense of urgency
    • Helps us get better at math
    • It is fun
  3. Identify the behaviors of Math Writing on I-chart
  4. Model most-desirable behaviors
  5. Model least-desirable, then most-desirable behaviors (same student)
  6. Students check in with Math Writing; teacher places students around the room
  7. Practice and build stamina
  8. Stay out of the way; when necessary, confer and set behavior goals
  9. Use a quiet signal—come back to group
  10. Group check-in: “How did it go?” Graph stamina

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