Home > Reasoning > Assessment > Assessment approaches > Students' writing

Students' writing

Publishing students' thinking is a way of signalling to everyone that mathematical reasoning is valued. Stories about learning may be written by students (or by the teachers of younger students) for a class display.

Here are some other ideas to encourage students to write about their thinking.

  • Write to a friend who has missed a mathematics class to explain what occurred.
  • Write an explanation of … for a class or school newsletter.
  • Write to an email friend (matched up between schools or countries) to explain something just learned in mathematics.

A learning story

Learning stories written by students can provide a lot of information about their reasoning.