Model with Mathematics


Modeling mathematics begins with problems to solve. Students should experience lessons and tasks that connect mathematical ideas to relevant everyday life. These lessons should be challenging and allow for multiple perspectives.

Representations provide a way of communicating students’ mathematics thinking but are also powerfully tools for thinking.

They make mathematical ideas more concrete and available for reflection. They help students remember their thinking as they record steps. They provide a record of students’ efforts to understand and make their understanding available to others for interpretation.

Students must be able to explain the mathematical meaning of each part of their representation. When teachers keep track of student thinking, strategies, or representations, that can be a public record. Recorded on chart paper, these records can be available for later reference. Public records could show different strategies for the same problem or different representations on the same concept. They can also record students’ developing ideas that could lead to mathematical generalizations.