Often times, math is taught by simply answering questions and solving equations. However, when we are actually using math, we need to do so much more work than simply answering the question being posed. When we use math, we have to form our own questions and complete the operations necessary to resolve the task we are working on.
The 3-Reads strategy provides the opportunity to pose a situation and have students figure out what questions would be most relevant to the task being completed. Based on what they know from the situation being described, they form questions that would be relevant.
In the video from Ms. Morris, she follows all three of the steps to complete the 3-Reads protocol:
- Retell and take time to understand the vocabulary
- Make visual representations from the problem or topic
- Create questions that can be solved mathematically
You can watch the sample lesson on our YouTube page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EschxHkZzQw&feature=youtu.be
You can also watch the sample lesson on the CVESD Stream website: https://web.microsoftstream.com/video/0ed0758c-e608-4fb5-9b62-8fff6bd85b70 (you will need to login using your CVESD email account)
The purpose of the 3-Reads is to make sense of math intensive problems that are rich in language. The fact that there is not only one question being asked also helps the students develop a better understanding of math. The 3-Reads can also work to dispel the myth that people are born with a math brain by giving strategies to understand and work with math in different ways. (For more research on this, check out the video from Jo Boaler and her Twitter page).
“Open up math questions so that there is space inside them for learning.”
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3-Reads helps students build their mathematical skills by helping them develop strategies that will better support them as they work to understand the math they are being done. There is a time to learn how to solve specific problems, but within those lessons, there also needs to be time to develop a deeper understanding of math and that can be done by analyzing information and developing different questions that can be answered using what information is given.