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Samples of children’s writing
Goutard recommended allowing children time each day to write their own mathematical thoughts. Initially I was concerned that this would take up too much curriculum time and was unsure of the purpose of such writing. However, I now find this activity is central to children’s learning for the following reasons: -
The following extracts of children’s writing illustrate these points. They took place during free-writing time. You may like to print these out to aid discussion amongst colleagues. If you are using Internet Explorer you can right click and print the illustrations.
Relationships between operations
Systematization of facts
The ‘manufacturing secrets’ of equations - transformation
Pursuing interests and investigations - enjoying power over mathematics