One thing I did want to mention, as I promised to fellow blogger Matt Coaty last summer, is how I handled my students' math journals this past year. One of my goals this past year, which tied in to my building's initiative, was to have my students do more writing in math class. Since they have 1:1 Chromebooks, I took advantage of that and set up a Google Classroom assignment at the beginning of the year which provided my students with a template for their Math Journal and Math Vocabulary Google Docs.
|Here's an example of one of my student's math journal.|
What I liked about this method of journaling is that I could easily check up on them and make suggested edits on what they had written. I could conference with them individually if needed based on what I saw while the rest of the class was finishing up their quizzes and journal entries.
|Here's an example of one of my student's vocabulary document.|
The other thing I had them use a Google Doc for was a math vocabulary document. It was basically a running glossary of all the vocabulary terms they learned throughout the year. It had three columns for the term, the definition, and an example. The example, many times, was completed in the "A Web Whiteboard" app, then exported and pasted into the examples column of their vocabulary document. After the first few times with this process they became very efficient with it.
I really liked the way this system worked last year, so I will be continuing to use it with my students again this year. I would love to hear from other teachers about how you have your students using technology for journal writing or anything else in math class! Enjoy the rest of your summer break!!