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Nicole Schlack
English 101 Section 48
Ms. BaldwinGarcia
Project 5
December 11, 2007
Question 2: Rhetorical Situation
Dorothy Goldberg, a Professor in Mathematics at Kean College of New Jersey in Union,
New Jersey, noticed that students in mathematics were having difficulties writing.
Therefore,
she investigated whether or not to incorporate writing into mathematic courses by having
students write proofs proving their findings.
Goldberg researched the topic and compared
several articles to come up with her own conclusion if writing is important in mathematics
classrooms.
Dorothy Goldberg believes that students need to write in more classes than just their
English classes in order to write efficiently and correctly (Goldberg, 422).
Goldberg’s studies
show that “writing should be an integral part of the learning process in every course because, in
addition to providing a way to communicate information” (Goldberg, 422).
If a student writes
more in other classes rather than just English, even with a simple note taking exercise he/she will
be able to judge what is important and what is not.
By simply, having math teachers enforce
writing in their classrooms, students will be gaining more knowledge to why a certain problem is
right as well as perfecting their writing skills.
In math, there are several ways a teacher could get
students to write, some examples: are “fiveminute examples” that have the student explain how
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an equation is a certain equation: with proofs, where the student has to prove that his or her work
is correct and works, and/or essay questions that are math related (Goldberg, 423).
Having
students explain a problem indepth will not only help them improve their writing skills;
however, they will understand the problem or material more once they explain it.
In mathematics, one does not think to incorporate writing into it, but as Goldberg
demonstrated, mathematics teachers are expected to teach writing to their students in order to
help their students in the future.
One may not realize, you are learning grammar or writing skills
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