Our students walk into our classrooms every day full of life, ready to learn, and excited for what is in store for them that day.We ask them every day what questions have come up, and what did they learn from it. We talk about how our best learning comes from our questioning and exploration.
We want our children to take ownership for their own learning, and work together as a team to help everyone in the room reach their fullest potential.
We teach at a public school in North Carolina. The student population consists of approximately 730 students (kindergarten through fourth grade).
The second grade team at North Buncombe Elementary are wanting to use Daily Math Practice Journals with all students in the grade. The students will be able to use the math journals to assist with tracking their learning by standard, and provides real life math practice problems. This will provide them with the opportunity to work at home with their families and practice their math skills.
The journal features 35 weeks of problems in a Monday through Friday format, where each day builds upon the next.
The problems cover key math standards and focuses on building conceptual understanding and procedural skills.
The journals are very student and parent friendly. Students will become active members of the math community with practice outside of school. The journals are parent friendly, which will allow parents and child to work together solving problems.
While students learn how to "do" math, they must also learn how to articulate what they are learning. It is important to provide many opportunities for students to record their thinking. Math journals support students' learning that enables them to put their ideas on paper, children must organize, clarify, and reflect on their thinking. Initially many students will need support and encouragement in order to communicate their ideas and clarity in their thinking. As with any skill, the more they practice the easier it will become.
Lastly, the journals will serve as invaluable assessment resources that can inform classroom instruction for the teachers.The second grade teachers will be able to review a student’s math journal and it will provide a useful insight into what the child understands, how s/he approaches ideas and what misconceptions they may have on any Common Core Math Standard.
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