Day 35: Math words mean something…specific

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I so love having my CCSS magnetized 8 Practice words ready to use.  After grading the quiz on rational functions, I realized I needed to make sure students were clear about the words expression and equation..drives me batty!!  They were consistently writing an expression for a required equation.  That is, they didn’t include the y = or f(x) = when asked to write the equation of something.  I believe that if we teachers don’t require students to be precise in their application of words and hold them to the meaning of the words, even in lower grades, gross misconceptions can take hold which are very difficult to unhook to the students’ understanding.  How do you reinforce precise language and notation in your classroom?

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Posted on October 20, 2014, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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