## Languages and Lessons

### Mathematics

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Below:
Texts that respond to the question, "How do you read like a mathematician?"

1. To read like a mathematician you must:
1. Be able to understand and give meaning to content specific symbols and language;
2. Recognize the text is formatted sequentially and follow it in that manner;
3. Have the ability to formalize the processes as you read through the text.

Buehl states in "Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines" that in the technical disciplines (which we argue includes computer science and mathematics), "reading comprehension is interspersed with action" (2011, p. 111). Students need tools, namely those listed in points 1 and 2, in order to meaningfully process the text. We feel that this is one of the most important aspects of reading as a mathematician because the process of comprehension is reading for information followed by action (processing), followed by intake of more information and more action, and so on.

Mrs. Rogalsky & Ms. Warkentin

2. 1
How do you read like a mathematician?
In order to decipher mathematical text, there are three important items to consider. Doug Buehl writes in his book, Developing Readers in the Academic Disciplines, that students often say that they do not read in mathematics because they are not exposed to extended texts (2011, p. 105). He argues that the kind of reading students do in math is "very careful and analytical reading of precisely worded, conceptually deep sentences, which are illustrated and developed with examples" (2011, p. 105). Essentially, Buehl is saying that reading a mathematical text requires the ability to read numbers, symbols, and letters simultaneously. When reading, a mathematician must translate the complexity of a mathematical sentence. For example, the reader must be able to read 1 + 1 = 2 as one plus one equals two.

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In conclusion, in order to read like a mathematician, there are three items a reader should keep in mind. First, the reader must possess the ability to read letters, symbols, and numbers concurrently. Second, the reader needs to be able to draw from past knowledge in order to interpret the text. Lastly, the importance of rereading the mathematical text must be noted, as it is often necessary to reach complete understanding of the text.

Miss Elise & Miss Maqsood