math comprehension

Posted on August 3, 2012


I’m thinking that this is a lot like reading comprehension.   I don’t really remember learning it… I was amazed when I worked at The New Community School that they’d figured out what many critical comprehension skills were and how to build them up.  F’rinstance, to “find the main idea” of a passage, we’d start out giving students lists of words to categorize. Then we’d add the category into the list and they’d have to pick which was the “big idea” word and which were the “supporting detail” words…. etc…

What are the “math comprehension” skills students need?   The procedural skills are sort of like the vocabulary and grammar — but there’s so much more to understanding math.   I want to figure out how to teach it.