Interactive Math Notebooks (optional)
Instead of the boring notebook that people think of, when they think of math, we will be using a modified version of an Interactive Math Notebook. This will be brought home each night so that you can see what your child is learning in class. Most days we will be adding notes and your child will show what they know. The Notebook has 2 sides. The Right Side is for Teacher Input, where the student record notes in the “normal way.” This includes classwork and examples and a common set of information. The Left Side is for Student Output and requires student to process information, actively do something with the information to internalize it, gives students permission to be playful, imaginative, creative, and allows various learning styles to process info. This will be a great study guide for quizzes and assessments. There are guidelines to the notebooks to make them most useful. I have attached the guidelines and the grading rubric. These will be one of the first pages of the notebook, so that your child will have them at all times. The Interactive Math Notebook will be graded in a few different ways. I will check the notebook at the end of each unit to make sure the student is doing what they’re supposed to be doing! If it doesn’t appear to have most items in it, he/she will have to conference with me to talk about how they can improve so that they can make their Interactive Math Notebook a better tool for learning. I will also grade certain pages to check for understanding of the subject/information. I may not be telling the students when I am informally checking, since the expectation is that is will be neat and complete at ALL times. At the end of the quarter, the Interactive Math Notebook will be graded using a rubric that will be in the notebook and will count as an assessment grade.
Interactive Math Notebooks:
Allows students to record information about math in an engaging way. They can…
*Create a mindmap
*Rewrite examples in a
*Create a foldable
*Give personal examples of how the math relates to them
*Include Pictures, Illustrations, drawings, cartoon
*use pencil and marker (math has to be in pencil, everything else can be marker or pen)
*Encourage pride in student work
*Facilitate cooperative interaction
*Appeal to multiple intelligences
*Are presented in a unique, personal style
*Are colorful with diagrams,
bullets and arrows
Why Interactive Notebooks?
1. Students use both their visual and linguistic intelligences. Each student can select their best medium to explore and learn new content
2. Note taking becomes an active process. Students will read their notes—they have to in order to process for the left side. Students will be working with (rehearsing) the information which facilitates learning. Students will actively be involved with math.
3. Notebooks help students to systematically organize as they learn. Organization is key to the notebook.Concepts like:
*Table of Contents
*Recording Objective numbers
4. Notebooks become a portfolio of individual learning. These are personal and creative.They record student growth in math.They serve as a chronological record of the learning and are great for review. The notebook requires students to do a self assessment of their learning.