n Learning and Teaching Mathematics - Sorting mathematical representations : words, symbols, and graphs

Volume 2012, Issue 12
  • ISSN : 1990-6811


Many students view the language of mathematics as a "foreign" language. Both require making connections to new vocabulary and using that vocabulary in context. Activities engaging students in communicating ideas about mathematics provide students with the opportunity to use mathematical language and make sense of what they are learning. Words, symbols, and graphs are powerful methods of communicating mathematical ideas and relationships. These tools allow students to express mathematical ideas to other people. Moving from one representation to another is an important way to enhance mathematical concepts. NCTM's (2000) recommends that all students create and use representations to organize, record, and communicate mathematical ideas and consolidate their mathematical thinking through communication. In addition, NCTM's (2007) promotes a focused curriculum from both the concept and content perspectives in which students continually engage in and construct mathematical knowledge.

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