Date of Award

Summer 7-24-2014

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)


Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Sue Robb



Literacy is an important aspect to include with all mathematics because it allows for students to construct new knowledge in a meaningful way. I think that students will be much more successful when they can see the connection between the two, as all literacy elements are included within mathematics. Students must be able to read, write, speak, listen, and view to clearly communicate and interpret all mathematics. The purpose of this study was to explore whether my personal beliefs regarding mathematics and literacy matched my teaching practices within the classroom in both districts where I taught. I collected data using journal entries, lesson plans, and observations from my mentor. I found that in almost all cases, my teaching practices did match my beliefs of incorporating literacy within mathematics. The few places where a disconnect occurred, showed that even though my teaching practice did not match one of my beliefs, the change was made to make sure all students were constructing new knowledge. This self-study was important for my own practice, as it provided large insights into what I do to encourage all students to learn. This study was important for all students because it is seen that communication is a prime source in representing information to others. For teachers, determining whether the teaching practices used are most effective for students is a very important thing. If the teaching practices are not effective, then they need to be altered with the students in mind. Through my study, I saw that the decisions I make about teaching are done with all students in mind and the ways they learn.

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