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PEDC 9039  More Than Just Word Problems: Writing in Math Class 
3 Graduate Level or In-service Credits/ 45 hours Instructor: Valerie Hanley December 1-30,  March 1-30, August 1-30, September 1-29, October 1-30
University of the Pacific



Want to know more about what your students understand about math concepts and ideas? Make them write. Writing isn’t just for English classes anymore. Having students write in math class is an extremely effective way to assess what your students understand and what they don’t. This course will present you with ideas on how to incorporate writing into your math curriculum in effortless and meaningful ways. Upon completion of this course, you will have numerous ideas on how to make writing work for you and your math students. This course is suitable for all educators, PreK to 12, Common Core Learning Standards addressed.



How will this course help educators to meet the Common Core Standards?

The CCSS put a new emphasis on writing and literacy in all areas. In this course, you will learn new ways to incorporate writing in your math classes. Upon completion of this course, you will have countless new ideas and activities to try in your classes.

How will this course benefit my classroom instruction and learning objectives?

Teachers in all content areas need to give students practice reading and writing. This course will give you fresh new ideas to try in your math classes. By introducing writing in your classes, you will gain new insight into how your students think about the concepts you are teaching.

Foreign Language and LOTE Teachers

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you in this course!

Mathematics Teachers

Writing and discussing has an important role in every classroom…even in math classes! This course will show you ways to incorporate the CCSS for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language into your math lessons. In addition to teaching students to show their work, now you can require them to explain their process in a written argument. Get new ideas on how to use games to spark more conversation into your classroom.

Science Teachers

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Social Studies Teachers

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

The Arts Teachers

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Special Education Teachers

This course will give you wonderful ideas on how to use writing to help your students comprehend more material. You will get great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Social workers, guidance counselors, and school psychologists

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Elementary Education Teachers

Reading, writing, and math are essential parts of any elementary classroom. Instead of teaching these skills individually, why not increase learning by merging all three in your daily math classes. This course will show you ways to incorporate the CCSS for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language into your math lessons. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Secondary Education Teachers 

Writing and discussing has an important role in every classroom…even in math classes! This course will show you ways to incorporate the CCSS for reading, writing, speaking, listening, and language into your math lessons. In addition to teaching students to show their work, now you can require them to explain their process in a written argument. Get new ideas on how to use games to spark more conversation into your classroom.

Media and Technology Specialists

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!

Career and Vocational Specialists

Even if you don’t teach math, you can benefit from the ideas given on how to incorporate writing into your classes. This course will introduce great ideas for using writing to reinforce new concepts, check comprehension, and as part of your regular assessments. Learn new ways to make writing work for you and your students in this course!