Maximizing the Potential of Mathematical Writing Prompts

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  • 1 University of Connecticut, Storrs
  • | 2 University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Charlotte
  • | 3 Arts Middle School, Bloomfield, CT

Learn how to identify, adapt, and create writing prompts to capitalize on the insights you gain about each of your student’s thinking.

Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
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