*“Language, whether used to express ideas or to receive them, is a very powerful tool and should be used to foster the learning of mathematics. Communicating about mathematical ideas is a way for students to articulate, clarify, organize, and consolidate their thinking. Students, like adults, exchange thoughts and ideas in many ways—orally; with gestures; and with pictures, objects, and symbols. By listening carefully to others, students can become aware of alternative perspectives and strategies. By writing and talking with others, they learn to use more-precise mathematical language and, gradually, conventional symbols to express their mathematical ideas. Communication makes mathematical thinking observable and therefore facilitates further development of that thought. It encourages students to reflect on their own knowledge and their own ways of solving problems. Throughout the early years, students should have daily opportunities to talk and write about mathematics.” – *Although the final representation of a mathematical pursuit looks very different from the final product of a writing effort, the mental journey is, at its base, the same – making sense of an idea and presenting it effectively.

When children make connections between the real world and mathematical concepts, mathematics becomes relevant to them. As mathematics becomes relevant, students become more motivated to learn and more interested in the learning process. Students continually want to know the relevance of math to their everyday lives and journals can give them this insight – spending more focused time thinking about the ideas involved as students make an effort to explain their thinking and defend their answers. If students understand the importance of mathematics and how it relates to their own lives, they will be more likely to engage in classroom activities.

**Writing can assist math instruction in two ways – by helping children make sense of mathematics and by helping teachers understand what children are learning. **

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