Teacher resources and professional development across the curriculum

Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

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Big Ideas in Literacy


Welcome to the mathematics units on disciplinary literacy. These four units explore a disciplinary literacy approach to teaching mathematics that is consistent with the expectations of the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM), particularly with regard to the Standards for Mathematical Practice, and is also consistent with recommendations of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM).

The first unit identifies and discusses the literacy practices of mathematicians, including reading, writing, speaking, and listening. In the second and third units, there is a focus on reading and writing in secondary mathematics classrooms. In the fourth and final unit, there is a focus on preparing to structure mathematics instruction in ways that support the development of disciplinary literacy in mathematics.

The overriding goal of these units to is to help you engage students in authentic mathematical activity that reflects the literacy practices of the field of mathematics while also providing opportunities for students to more deeply learn the mathematics content you are addressing with them. The hope is also that, through this work, greater numbers of students will recognize their own capacities to do mathematics, will develop a greater interest in and passion for mathematics, and will consider entering the field of mathematics as a profession.