Communicating With Parents Face to Face
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The mathematical practices can be presented as a way of teaching that nurtures lifelong mathematical thinkers and problem solvers. Problem solving is a method of thinking by which the problem solver works to understand a mathematical situation or task by assimilating prior knowledge and new information about the situation until she or he is able to make meaning of the situation. Certain mathematical problems are better for provoking reasoning and encouraging justifications than others. Current research suggests that allowing students to examine incorrect solutions enhances mathematical thinking and conceptual understanding. Talking about math promotes reasoning some researchers suggest that in order for students to be able to verbalize conjectures and mathematical arguments, they need to be afforded opportunities to talk about and write about their reasoning. It is a wonderful way forencourage parents to make the connection between mathematics and literacy and to get parents talking about math at home.