Understanding the importance of mathematical discourse and talking about mathematical concepts allows students to reflect on their own understanding while making sense of and critiquing the ideas of others. When done in a collaborative and supportive learning environment, this can support achievement of higher order thinking skills, as required by the Common Core Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Students can make conjectures, link prior knowledge to current understanding, reason about mathematics, refine and amend their approaches, and take ownership of their mathematical knowledge.
Students benefit greatly from learning to use the tools of mathematical discourse—including words, symbols, diagrams, physical models, and technology—to present and defend their ideas. Imparting these new skills on students allows teachers to access, monitor, and evaluate students’ mathematical understanding and development.
Students need the opportunity to practice an assessment prior to it counting for a grade. Feedback about their progress in learning is more valuable than receiving a test back with a letter grade. In the Warrior Math Classroom there are not grades of "D" or "F" because this is not a positive reflection of what is important. Each student has a status of learning on a daily basis.
EVIDENCE OF LEARNING
Warriors use posters to illustrate and share about their learning of mathematical concepts. Warriors write in their math journals every day.