I have been so excited to begin reading this book! The idea of using comprehension strategies applied to math is just exciting! Chapter 1 "Comprehension Strategies for Math", is a nice intro to the concept. I found lots of ideas that I agreed with, but really hadn't thought of through the lens of math.

Here are some of my "of course" thoughts when it comes to the connection between reading and math:

- In reading, students use decoding skills then go beyond that, using strategies to construct meaning. In math, students should be able to use the
strategies to construct meaning.**same** - Thought processes, prior knowledge, and knowledge about context are used to construct meaning in reading. The
are used to construct meaning in math!**same** - Just like good readers create meaning for understanding, in math, we create meaning as we process mathematical concepts and solve problems.

- Making Connections - using schema, building background knowledge
- Questioning - generating questions before, during, & after
- Visualizing - making a 'mind movie'
- Inferring - using background knowledge to predict, conclude, make judgements, & interpret
- Determining Importance - deciding what information is important
- Synthesizing - creating new ideas or extending/revising understanding
- Self-monitoring - monitoring your understanding

These strategies are effective in BOTH reading and math. I will admit
that I have truly never thought of it before, but of course I use those
strategies when working in math! The beauty is, that just as we have
provided specific instruction in these strategies in our reading
instruction, we can do the same in our math instruction to help our
students be better, and more natural, mathematicians!

I'm going to share with you the six steps of explicit instruction Laney quotes:

- Explain
**WHAT**the strategy is. - Explain
**WHY**the strategy is important. - Explain
**WHEN**to use the strategy. **MODEL HOW**to use the strategy in the actual context.**GUIDE STUDENTS**as they practice the strategy.- Students
**INDEPENDENTLY**use the strategy.

I am so ready to dive into the rest of the book! I already have plans formulating in my brain!

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Which of the strategies do YOU use when working on math problems?

How can the use of comprehension strategies help your kiddos develop a conceptual understanding of math?

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