Reading and Writing and Math - Oh My! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers


  • Dr. Sallie A. Miller Georgia Reading Association
  • Dr. Erinn Bentley Columbus State University



literacy instruction, reading and writing, professional development, mathematics


According to the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM, 2010), students who have reading, writing, and listening support reap dual benefits in that they can communicate to learn mathematics and they learn to communicate mathematically. This article presents a description of a professional development workshop designed specifically for middle grades (grades 4-8) mathematics teachers to learn best practices for literacy instruction. Thus the purpose was three-fold; that is, to (1) provide professional development in reading and writing using research-based strategies to support student mathematical learning, (2) examine the perceptions of middle grades mathematics classroom teachers regarding the NCTM principle, and (3) determine the impact, or lack thereof, of the provided professional development in the teachers' classrooms.

Author Biographies

  • Dr. Sallie A. Miller, Georgia Reading Association

    Dr. Sallie A. Miller ([email protected]) is the Associate Dean for Assessment and Accreditation and is a Professor of Reading Education/Reading Specialist. Dr. Miller serves as a Site Visitor for the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Title II Coordinator, the 2016-2017 President-Elect for the Georgia Assessment Directors' Association, a member of the Georgia Professional Standards Commission's Program Preparation Effectiveness Measure Program Advisory Council, Georgia Site Visitor for State Accreditation. Dr. Miller has served as President of the Georgia Reading Association. Her professional activities include numerous articles; presentations; national, state, and local reports (publication); research projects (Co-Principal Investigator); national and state professional organization active members and offices held.


  • Dr. Erinn Bentley, Columbus State University

    Dr. Erinn Bentley ([email protected]) is an associate professor of English education at Columbus State University. She has taught secondary-level English in Japan and the United States and is actively involved in international education. In 2016, she was chosen as the English Teacher of the Year by the Georgia Council of Teachers of English. Her research areas include writing teacher education, writing across the content areas, and professional learning communities.

Reading and Writing and Math - Oh My! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers






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How to Cite

Miller, S. A., & Bentley, E. (2016). Reading and Writing and Math - Oh My! Reading and Writing Best Practices for Mathematics Teachers. Georgia Journal of Literacy, 39(2), 6-14.

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