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Mathematical Literacy


Jane Porath 
Jane Porath 
NCTM Board of Directors
Teaching Math and Literacy Seamlessly 
Presented by
Jane Porath and Carolyn Jacobs 

In this webinar Jane Porath, 8th grade Mathematics Teacher, Traverse City East Middle School, MI, delves into resources supporting literacy and mathematics and how to better support students' and teacher's needs. She will also share her experiences of implementing the Inspiring Middle School Literacy lessons with her 8th grade mathematics students.

Carolyn Jacobs provides an overview of the Inspiring Middle School Literacy collection of blended lessons aligned to the Common Core.


Literacy Articles


"What's the Big Deal about Vocabulary?
Dunston, P. J., & Tyminski, A. M. (2013).
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 19 (1), 38-45
Techniques for teaching mathematics terminology allow adolescents to expand their abstract reasoning ability and move beyond operations into problem solving.

"Beyond the Write Answer: Mathematical Connections." 
Haltiwanger, L., & Simpson, A. M. (2013).
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 18 (8), 492-498.
Allowing students to write in mathematics class can promote critical thinking, illustrate an awareness of mathematical connections, and result in clear communication as they share ideas comfortably with peers.

Questioning Our Patterns of Questioning.”
Herbal-Eisenmann, B. and Breyfogle, M.  (2000).
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 10 (9). 484-489.
Different ways that teachers and students interact in mathematics classrooms and the implications of those interactions for students' opportunities to share their thinking. Examples of teacher questions and student responses is provided.

Never Say Anything a Kid Can Say!
Reinhart, Steven C.  (2000).
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School 5 (8). 478-483.
A teacher shares strategies for helping students communicate their thinking about mathematics.

"Becoming a Mathematical Problem Solver". 
Rigelman, N. R. (2013).
Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 18 (7), 416-423.
Take a page from the humanities and have your students investigate mathematics in writing.


Literacy Books


NCTM top Seller

Five Practices for Orchestrating Productive Mathematical Discourse

By Mary Kay Stein, Margaret Schwan Smith

Learn the 5 practices for facilitating effective inquiry-oriented classrooms:
  • Anticipating what students will do--what strategies they will use--in solving a problem 
  • Monitoring their work as they approach the problem in class 
  • Selecting students whose strategies are worth discussing in class 
  • Sequencing those students' presentations to maximize their potential to increase students' learning
  • Connecting the strategies and ideas in a way that helps students understand the mathematics learned 
This book presents and discusses an framework for orchestrating mathematically productive discussions that are rooted in student thinking. The 5 Practices framework identifies a set of instructional practices that will help teachers achieve high-demand learning objectives by using student work as the launching point for discussions in which important mathematical ideas are brought to the surface, contradictions are exposed, and understandings are developed or consolidated. By giving teachers a road map of things that they can do in advance and during whole-class discussions, these practices have the potential for helping teachers to more effectively orchestrate discussions that are responsive to both students and the discipline.

Includes a Professional Development Guide. 
Promoting Powerful Discourse 

By Beth Herbel Eisenmann, Michelle Cirillo

Presents portraits of teaching by secondary school teachers who have closely observed classroom communication, conversation, and discourse.  




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