I teach two sections of 6th grade math. Last year for warm ups I would post a different question each day that went along with whatever we were studying at the time. Students would solve it on their warm up sheet and then we would discuss it as a class. This year I am thinking about incorporating math journals instead. Students would write the notes we take in class, daily warm ups, etc. in the journal.
Does anyone have any experience with these, suggestions, etc? Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
I would also like any suggestions and help with beginning to use journals in Math. Our district is encouraging us to use these more, but I really do not have a clue where to start or if my thoughts are even heading in the right direction.
I used math journals in my class this year and they were great! All vocabulary, practice problems, geometry drawings, and notes were put in their spiral notebooks! The students took them home to study for tests or homework. They had everything in them, so they didn't lose anything! Vocabulary was a huge part of the notebook. I bought them for my class when staples had them on sale for a penny last year! Hope this helps!
I used my math journal as a Problem of the Week Journal. I gave my 4th grade students a problem on Monday that they would work on as an early finisher activity and it was due on Friday. We called the process RICE (Restate, Illustrate or Compute, and Explain.) The journal was a 70 page spiral notebook I would purchase at Wal-mart. They usually have them for 10 cents before school starts.
I have my 4th graders use math journals. They write down their notes for key concepts, and vocabulary for each lesson. Also, I have them write down a few of guided practice problems that we do. I have them do a table of contents at the beginning so they can easily reference topics they might need to brush up on.
This is the one subject in which I will use a binder. Binders and binder grades are big in jr high and high school, so I will use this class to teach them how to organize. I will grade the binder, but probably won't take a grade on it. If I do take a grade, it will be a homework grade which is generally a done/not done grade anyway.
Anyway, it will have sections- working glossary (student created), calendar math, class notes, homework, quizzes & tests. I'll have them clear unnecessary info every 6 weeks, take it home to study, etc. I still need to create my rubric for it- again, my objective with the binder is to prepare them for what is ahead. Having the math stuff in one place is secondary for me.
DD had a math journal last year in 6th grade and LOVED it, even though she's not a fan of math. I wish I knew more about it because they were so cool. I tried to show them to my partner who teaches math, but she wasn't in to it (too above and beyond). They had all kinds of cut outs and foldables in their journals. For every new concept the teacher had some type of study aid for them to glue in there, and DD would always bring it home and study with it.
You can use the journals for practice problems, vocabulary, and anything else they would have to look back on for reference. For my fourth grade class, I'm going to try and incorprate cornell notes in there for practice problems so they can go home and study them at night.