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Sallie Averitt Miller, associate dean for assessment and accreditation and professor of reading education, and Erinn Bentley, associate professor of English education in Columbus State University’s College of Education and Health Professions, recently published an article, titled “Reading and Writing and Math –Oh MY! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers,” in the Georgia Journal of READING, a peer-reviewed, refereed journal of the Georgia Reading Association.
Miller and Bentley set out to determine the impact of a professional development workshop designed to provide middle grades mathematics teachers with best practices for literacy instruction. According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, students who receive reading, writing and listening support reap dual benefits by communicating to learn mathematics and learning to communicate mathematically.
Miller and Bentley recommend future professional development series include follow-up sessions that focus on the real-world challenges that mathematics teachers face as they implement newly learned strategies.