Class Central is learner-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.


Communicating in Math in the K-12 Classroom

New Teacher Center via Coursera

This course may be unavailable.


This course is closing enrollment as of January 22, 2017.

In mathematics, communication skills supplement and enhance student conceptual understanding, computational fluency, and ability to solve problems. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, “Students who have opportunities, encouragement, and support for speaking, writing, reading, and listening in mathematics classes reap dual benefits: they communicate to learn mathematics, and they learn to communicate mathematically.”

The 8 Standards for Mathematical Practice contained within the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) describe the processes and proficiencies that students should develop in age-appropriate progression throughout the math curriculum. Yet teaching these skills can be difficult. What does it mean to communicate mathematically? What do the standards say we should be teaching? And how can we teach those skills to all of our math students?

The Communicating in Math Exploration focuses on reviewing the standards and creating a lesson plan that integrates a Mathematical Practice, such as MP3---constructing viable arguments and critiquing the reasoning of others.

This 6 week Exploration is classroom embedded professional learning that you will engage in independently and through discussions with your peers in the forums. There are 3 discussion prompts , 1 End of Exploration Self Assessment and 1 Survey required to complete this course.


Overview and Introduction
You will review the timeline and expectations for successful completion of this Exploration.

You will explore the 8 Mathematical Practices and your grade-level Common Core Mathematics standards focused on supporting students to communicate mathematically.

You will review resources and get input from other teachers as you plan a grade-level lesson that targets communication and math skills. By the end of the week, you should have strategies to complete your lesson plan.

You will teach your lesson, evaluate what worked, and reflect on the next steps of how you will continue to build upon what you’ve learned

End of Exploration Self Assessment & Survey
You will complete a self assessment regarding the impact of your new learnings on your classroom practice and student success.

Taught by

Denise L Dennis


Start your review of Communicating in Math in the K-12 Classroom

Never Stop Learning.

Get personalized course recommendations, track subjects and courses with reminders, and more.

Someone learning on their laptop while sitting on the floor.