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Revoice and Restate to Improve Math Communication Skills

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Mathematics 21st Century Skills Universal Design for Learning Social-Emotional Learning/Growth Mindset All Ages Strategy

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Auditory Processing Expressive Language Working Memory Verbal Reasoning Abstract Reasoning Visual Memory Spatial Perception

Revoice and Restate to Improve Math Communication Skills

Sometimes the first duty of intelligent men is restatement of the obvious.
— George Orwell

Taking the time to restate or rephrase student comments or questions in math supports development of mathematical communication skills and reinforces learning of key concepts.

How To Apply It!

  1. When a student comments or asks a question in math, teachers can take the opportunity to restate or rephrase the comment in order to validate what the student said and add in necessary clarity. This also provides the teacher an opportunity to model mathematical language.
  2. Students can also be asked to repeat or rephrase another student's comments. Restating increases student involvement and helps increase understanding.
  3. Teachers do need to be aware that students' interpretation of what their peers are saying is accurate in order to avoid any incorrect ideas potentially being embedded in memory.

Why It Works (the Science Of Learning)!

Restating and rephrasing can build self-confidence in students as they hear their mathematical thinking validated. As students develop self-confidence they are more likely to actively participate in math discussions. When students recognize and articulate mathematical concepts, their understanding and appreciation for mathematics improves.