Many students use their pens and paper from time to time to perform activities such as not taking but mostly only upon receiving directions to do so. They perform calculations doing math assignments or assessments. Mostly use technology tools to take shortcuts and do not really learn. One method of formative assessment to identify if a student is learning is through writing. Most assessments or qualifying tests now requires the student to have the ability to write about their understanding of the concepts. However, students mainly use writing as a mechanism to demonstrate their computational skills rather than their conceptual thinking. Mathematical writing becomes a powerful learning tool only if it combines language and mathematical algorithm. Teachers should embed formative assessment writing to determine if students truly have a conceptual understanding.
The Impact of Mathematical Writing on Students’ Meta-cognition in Applied Algebra Test (PDF Download Available). Retrieved from Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/284791179_The_Impact_of_Mathematical_Writing_on_Students'_Metacognition_in_Applied_Algebra_Test [accessed Mar 06 2018].