Last week, I spotted a blog post about journaling on the math standards. Unfortunately, I can no longer recall where I read it, so please let me know if it was yours or if you also read it and remember because I want to link back to that post! I knew immediately that I wanted this to be an assignment for my left pages in my Interactive Notebook. That list of assignments now numbers 22 and you can get it here.
In order for my kids to journal about the standards, they would need to understand them. Enter Sarah's awesome posters she shared yesterday. I've put these into a foldable that my students will have in the beginning "reference" section of their notebooks. Here are some photos. Please excuse the quality; I need to build a larger light box if I'm going to be taking pictures of open notebooks.
The outside of the 8-door foldable lists the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice as they are written. I cannot begin to count how many inservices and team meetings have been dedicated to these 8 sentences!
|"8 Standards of Mathematical Practice AKA What Good Mathematicians do."|
Foldable on the right side of the page, writing prompt on the left.
I know the kids will appreciate having the standards translated into "kid speak." I put Sarah's simplified sentences inside the flaps and will have the kids illustrate what the standards mean to them. Then, on the left side of the page, they will answer two brief writing prompts that will serve as a baseline for the year:
1. "The standard that I demonstrate most consistently is #___ because..."
2. "Standard #___ is difficult for me because..."
If the foldable would be helpful in your classroom, you can download it here.
How do you make your students aware of and accountable for the 8 Standards of Mathematical Practice?