I am a high school mathematics teacher and my students have different learning styles and ability levels. It is my belief that if you create an environment that makes learning math fun, students will be more engaged and will be more successful in their math understanding.
Students who are interactive in their learning will be more likely to retain information and will therefore be more successful.
Because of this, I emphasize cooperative leaning and hands-on activities to emphasize student understanding.
I am requesting colored copy paper for my students. I want my students to use self-created interactive notebooks to assist them in learning, studying, collaborating, and organizing their thoughts. I will design and implement engaging activities for the notebooks. Some examples of interactive notebook activities include paper foldables that serve as study tools for vocabulary and formula reference, card sorting activities in which students collaborate and justify why cards should be sorted a particular way, and writing activities.
At the end of the course, each student will have a notebook that will serve as a portfolio of mathematics topics learned over time.
Students will be able to reference their notebooks throughout this school year, and I hope that they will use it again when completing future mathematics coursework.
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