CMC South – Proposal – The Language of Mathematics

Description: Participants will explore a linguistic approach to solving word problems. They will address concepts of semantics and syntax as they analyze a number of example word problems and discuss strategies for developing their students’ mathematical fluency.

CCSS Application: This presentation will focus on a number of Standards for Mathematical Practice, particularly MP 1, 6, and 7. Participants will analyze the linguistic features of word problems and gain a better understanding of the strategies necessary for promoting mathematical literacy. They will use these strategies to rethink their approach to teaching students about problem solving, providing students with greater access to the language used within a word problem. Thus, participants will learn how to explore word problems with greater precision (MP 6), making using of their linguistic structure (MP 7), allowing them to persevere in not only solving word problems, but understanding them at a much deeper level

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