“Can You Tell Me More?” Student Journaling and Reasoning

  • “Can You Tell Me More?” Student Journaling and Reasoning

    Jan A. Yow
    Journaling in mathematics has been found to be a valuable tool both for students and for teachers. Students benefit from journaling because it advances their mathematical understanding and ability to communicate in mathematics; teachers benefit by reading students’ written thoughts, a resource that is not readily available, and by engaging with students through written feedback (Albert and Antos 2000). I sought to use journaling to further develop reasoning and sense making (CCSSI 2010; NCTM 2010, 2014) through teacher and student responses to each other in journals. In so doing, I also wanted to promote students’ critiques of one another’s thinking and written mathematical discourse.