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Journaling in Mathematics

Why Use Math Journals?

A math journal is one of the best ways to introduce writing into your math class.

It helps students stretch their thinking and make sense of problems.

When children write in their math journals, they examine, express and keep track of their reasoning.

Writing Should:

help students become aware of what they do and do not know  connect prior knowledge with what the student is studying  summarize the student's knowledge and give insight into

understanding help the student raise questions about new ideas  give the student a chance to reflect on what is known allow the student to construct mathematics for him or herself help the student keep his or her thoughts organized help address the issue of "math anxiety"    help teachers answer specific questions such as:

Does the student use mathematics to make sense of a complex situation?  Can the student formulate hypotheses?  Can the student organize information?  Can the student explain concepts?  Does the student use communication skills effectively?  Does the student use appropriate mathematical language? Is the student confident in his or her abilities?

Where to Begin…

I learned that… I discovered that… I was surprised that… I noticed that I…

Think-Pair-Share

The basic steps to think pair share

-question-think-pair-share

Think-Write-Pair-Share

Once students are comfortable with the Think-Pair-Share strategy, introduce Think-Write-Pair-Share strategy.

As the students think about the question they also write their response in a variety of techniques such as webbing, pictures, numbers, and words.

Right now I feel…

Write a question that looms large in your mind right now.

One thing I would like to accomplish today is…

Explain by using pictures, numbers or words what subtraction means.

Explain what is most important to understand about fractions.

Tips I would give a friend to solve this problem are.........

the problem? (to reveal the reasoning process) What was interesting? (to see their curiosity) What helped you find the solution? (to articulate strategic thinking, to find patterns, to

acknowledge the thinking of others) What are you wondering? ( to inspire further investigations, to perceive inquiry

as an ongoing process)

Present a graph from a newspaper and have your students write a paragraph about the graph.

Explain a formula. Write everything you know about

probability.

Organization of Math Journals

There are many ways to organize math journals and math writing.

You must decide what would be best for you and the students in your class.

A Journal Entry to Sum Up Your Day

My favorite time of the day was… because…

Tomorrow I will do ________ differently. Here’s how…

Day Two: Reflective Writing

If you were to publish a book about yourself, what would you title it?

The Journey of a Beginning Math Coach

Describe using pictures, numbers, and words.

Choose from any of the photos on your table.