Increasing student engagement, providing opportunities for communicating, reflecting, questioning and reasoning, and developing creative experiences to be mathematicians, are all goals for the K-6 educator. “Working Mathematically encompasses five interrelated processes. These processes come into play when developing new skills and concepts and also when applying existing knowledge to solve routine and non-routine problems.” from Mathematics K-6 syllabus (http://bosnsw-k6.nsw.edu.au/files/maths/k6_maths_syl.pdf

Have you thought about creating a class Mathematics blog? By having a blog dedicated to Mathematics , you would provide a diverse range of opportunities for students to write about the mathematics happening in your classroom. The designated ‘Daily Maths Reporter’ could report on the day’s Maths lesson. This would be posted on your blog, which could be privately viewed by only your class or open to their parents or the public as well. What about inviting Significant Others to be ‘Maths gurus’ and to comment on the blog entries i.e. Maths teachers from your local high school, a Maths professor from a university, interested parents or even someone like Adam Spencer, who is a renowned mathematician and ABC broadcaster. Maths Reporters would be on a roster system, either individually or in pairs. Their role could be to explain concepts covered that day, give examples and extra clarification, or create related word problems. Other students in the class could be encouraged to comment on the daily post. Students who missed the lesson could also utilize the blog. 

Working Mathematically should be embedded into all Maths activities. What better way than to provide students with opportunities to reflect on their experiences in a written, authentic context for an audience. For instance, the Daily Maths Reporter might write about strategies that have been demonstrated by other students in the class, explain how an answer was obtained or describe what happened in a group when they were working on an activity. 

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