Interactive Math Notebooks (I.M.N.) Kymberly Riggins Houston I.S.D.
Abstract (on the Morning Short page)
Math Notebooks are a tool to strengthen student learning of curriculum through increased student participation. They are used in class daily to help the student learn and keep track of their learning. This style of notebook uses both the right and left-brain hemispheres to help sort, categorize and be creative with the newly attained knowledge. The right side of the spiral notebook is for writing down information given by the teacher (notes, vocabulary, forumulas, examples, etc). The left side of the spiral shows the understanding and references the information from the right side through self worked examples, reflections, drawings/figures, completed assignments, etc.). The benefits for the student are endless because the students are more organized and can easily access their work and notes.
Why Math Notebooks?
I was tired of students not utilizing their notes, losing their papers, and not remembering the previously learned concepts.
What are Math Notebooks?
Originated from History Alive's "Interactive Student Notebook"
A personalized textbook that the students create, and
A working portfolio -- all of their notes, classwork, etc. -- in one convenient spot
A way for teachers to easily enforce student responsibility
Special Education Students and ELL Students
Math Notebook Supplies
(preferably graph or college ruled)
Highlighters (at least four different colors)
Glue Sticks (preferably Elmer's)
Markers (a set of 8 Crayola markers)
Why is this way different?
Right side pages are used to write down learn-able content
From the class notes,
From the discussion notes and
From the textbook's notes
From the graded tests Left side pages are used to process the right side notes with
For the teacher, it is a lot of work and mistakes when setting it up.
Stolen or Lost notebooks.
New students mid semseter
First week: Each page of the notebook is numbered in marker.
Page 1: Title page; 2: Rubric; 3-9: Table of Contents; 10-11: Formula Charts; 12-13: State Objectives; 14 Course Syllabus
Tabs can be used to identify Units;
Precut assignments to make it easier to glue
Each time they start on a page, have them list the date in the top right hand corner, textbook section, and the learning objective on the first line.
When students finish their work early or have some "free" time, have the students update their table of contents or review their notes by adding color, highlighting, underlining, boxing the important things.