How can educators ensure mathematical literacy in the classroom?
By incorporating reading, writing, speaking, listening, and critical thinking in instruction, educators provide students with opportunities to develop literacy in mathematics instruction. Engaging in a multitude of of critical thinking experiences will allow students to:
construct viable arguments through proof and reasoning
critique and appreciate the reasoning of others
process and apply reasoning from others
synthesize ideas and make connections to adjust the original argument
The goal of using literacy skills in mathematics is to foster a deeper conceptual understanding of the mathematics. Educators wonder, what does it mean to build a conceptual understanding of mathematics? Review DPI professional learning modules on the Standards for Mathematical Practice for a better understanding on how to incorporate this in your instruction.