Math Journal: Math Journal

 
 
 
Math Journal
Students In Action
 
 
Students In Action
 
 
 
Instructional Closings

Math Journal

The Math Journal startegy is a closing sequence I use as an ongoing informal assessment at least twice a week. I typically collect at least five journals and respond back to students by writing positive praise and/or a question to have them answer about their answer. I will also conduct a quick visual check by walking around at the conclusion of a math journal session and place a sticker, grade, or smiley face on each student's journal. The Math Journal is a very open constructive tool students can use to develop their mathematical writing prowess and reinforce mathematical vocabulary. 

Strategy Resources (3)
Students In Action
 
 
Student Work Sample
 
 
This is a snapshot of how students respond and reflect. You will also see my responses back to them are questions and compliments. I try to praise them for their effort and quality of reflection. Everyone receives a sticker as a reward for completion.
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a sample of a journal prompt we wrote as a class and debriefed in pairs. We use these journaling sessions to stay reflective on how we are progressing each week or per unit.
Students In Action
 
 
Student Work Sample
 
 
This is a snapshot of how students respond and reflect. You will also see my responses back to them are questions and compliments. I try to praise them for their effort and quality of reflection. Everyone receives a sticker as a reward for completion.
Student Handout
 
 
Here is a sample of a journal prompt we wrote as a class and debriefed in pairs. We use these journaling sessions to stay reflective on how we are progressing each week or per unit.
Freddy Esparza
Aspire Titan Academy
Los Angeles, CA


 

About this strategy

Prep Time:
Moderate
Subject:
Math
Grade:
Third grade
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