MAA CP D1 Getting Students To Explore
Concepts Through Writing In Mathematics ## Organizer: Sarah Mabrouk, Framingham State University |

This session
invites papers about assignments and projects that require students to write
about mathematical concepts, to express concepts in their own words, to interpret
symbolic mathematics in their own words, and to write about mathematics, in
general. These assignments can include
conceptual papers such as having the students explain a concept in their own
words as an answer a question such as What is a function? or What is a
derivative?, for example, in the form of a letter to a friend, a poem, or even
a short story, project reports that require students to explain fully all
concepts used as if to someone who knows little or nothing about the mathematics
used in solving the project problem, assignments that require students to
express theorems in *plain English* so that one of their friends could
understand, or even simple assignments that require students to explain the
meaning and the use of the variables and notations that they use.

Each
presenter is encouraged to discuss how the use of the assignment/project helped
students to improve their understanding of course concepts and how the use of
writing in the course helped students to understand and to learn
mathematics. Of particular interest is
the effect of such projects/assignments throughout the course on the students
understanding of course concepts and notations, the ability of students to
communicate mathematics using words and symbols, and the attitude of students
toward mathematics.

·
1:00
1:15 pm **Writing
For Your Audience**

Muhlenberg College

·
1:20
1:35 pm **Exploring,
Writing, Presenting, and Defending Mathematical Concepts:**

** A Project
for Elementary Teachers**

California State
University at Los Angeles

·
1:40
1:55 pm **Response
Essays For Mathematics Classes**

Belmont University

·
2:00
2:15 pm **Forming,
Firming and Fitting-in-Place: Using
First (And Second) **

** Draft Writing
To Teach Mathematics**

Colorado State University Pueblo

·
2:20
2:35 pm **Two
Writing Assignments In Proofs Class**

Jacksonville University

·
2:40
2:55 pm **Specialized
Grading Rubrics For Short Writing Assignments**

U.S. Air Force Academy

·
1:00
1:15 pm **Geometry
Papers That Count**

Walter Payton College Prep High School

·
1:20
1:35 pm **Exploring
Mathematical Concepts Through Writing In A Liberal Arts **

Leigh-Carbon Community College

·
1:40
1:55 pm **The
Value Of Writing Assignments In History Of Mathematics**

Middlebury College

·
2:00
2:15 pm **An
Evaluation Of Portfolios Used As An Assessment In**

Simpson College

·
2:20
2:35 pm **Using
Lattice Theory To Promote Effective Communication**

Bin Lu,
University of Arizona

Valerie Watts,
University of Arizona

·
2:40
2:55 pm **Invoking Creativity In
Conceptualization - ***Canceled*

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