Journaling in Mathematics

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  • 1. A math journal is one of the best ways tointroduce writing into your math class. It helps students stretch their thinking andmake sense of problems. When children write in their math journals,they examine, express and keep track of theirreasoning.

2. help students become aware of what they do and do not know connect prior knowledge with what the student is studying summarize the students 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? 3. Writing about your thinking is challenging. Itis best to start with open-ended promptssuch as: I learned that I discovered that I was surprised that I noticed that I 4. The basic steps to think pair share-question-think-pair-share 5. Once students are comfortable with theThink-Pair-Share strategy, introduce Think-Write-Pair-Share strategy. As the students think about the question theyalso write their response in a variety oftechniques such as webbing, pictures,numbers, and words. 6. Right now I feel Write a question that looms large in yourmind right now. One thing I would like to accomplish todayis 7. Once your students have had some timewriting about their attitudes and feelingstowards mathematics in their journals they areready to write about familiar math concepts. Explain by using pictures, numbers or wordswhat subtraction means. Explain what is most important to understandabout fractions. Tips I would give a friend to solve this problemare......... 8. What was going through your mind when you solved theproblem? (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, toacknowledge the thinking of others) What are you wondering? ( to inspire further investigations, to perceive inquiry asan ongoing process) 9. When you feel your students are ready, askthem to write about more complexmathematical ideas. Present a graph from a newspaper and haveyour students write a paragraph about thegraph. Explain a formula. Write everything you know about probability. 10. There are manyways to organizemath journals andmath writing. You must decidewhat would be bestfor you and thestudents in yourclass. 11. My favorite time of the day wasbecause Tomorrow I will do ________ differently.Heres how 12. If you were to publish a bookabout yourself, what would youtitle it? 13. Choose from any of the photos on yourtable. Please attach them into your journal.