Let’s chat about Math Journals today!
“What should I do now?”
How many times have you heard those words? A LOT, I’m sure! But not anymore!
When my students are in Workbook Nook (independent work) or Math Stations, they have about 15-20 minutes to finish their activity. Many times they finish their work prior to the end of the rotation, so it is important that the students have additional activities to fill the rest of the rotation time. One of the activities that I expect my students complete every day is a Math Journal.
I organize my math journals in file folders (that I cut down). I number the file folders from 1-15 and I store all of the file folders in a cute little chevron box that sits on top of my Math Stations Cart. When they are ready to complete a Math Journal, they get their ½ cut composition notebook and the next Math Journal prompt they have to do and work on it at their desk. When they have completed the math journal, they leave their book opened to the page and they place on a stool next to my desk (see the picture above). This cuts down tremendously on the amount of time it takes me to correct their journals. If they make a mistake on their math journal, I add a post-it note to the page and put it back on their desk. The next morning when they come in, they know that they have to correct their journal if they see it on their desk.
The question that I get asked most often is, “What do you do for your struggling learners that never get to Math Journals?” This is a great question… because we all know that this happens in our classrooms. About two times per week, I will call over some of my struggling learners that I know have not been able to complete a math journal that week and we will work on a few together during morning work time.
This allows me to do a short mini-lesson on the problem we are working on and gives me the opportunity to see if I have to do any re-teaching on a particular skill during small group instruction. So…in a nutshell that is how I manage Math Stations during my Guided Math instruction! If you want to head back to my main post to read the rest of the installments on Get Your Groove On with Guided Math, click here to head on back to my main post to read about the next component of Guided Math!
If you are interested in learning how to implement Guided Math using a Step-by-Step approach, I have created an online Professional Development Guided Math workshop called Guided Math that Works.
Guided Math that Works is an online Professional Development Workshop that I created for elementary teachers in Grades 1-5! This professional development workshop has been a true labor of love that took me a year to develop to ensure that I took all of my LESSONS LEARNED and mistakes that I made along the way and help YOU AVOID making the same mistakes that I made when I first implemented the Guided Math framework in my classroom and feel successful as soon as you put the guided math gears in motion! Guided Math that Works provides you with a clear and actionable ROADMAP to easily and efficiently in my own classroom to have a calm, organized, streamlined, and chaos-free guided math block where you will begin to see your students’ math success SOAR!
Here’s the lowdown on Guided Math that Works…
This Professional Development Workshop includes:
- 5 Learning Modules that contain 24 video-based lessons
- 5 hours of learning that can be used towards your professional development requirements
- PDF downloadable workbooks for each module
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This Professional Development Workshop can be done in the comfort of your own home (PJs acceptable) or your school district can purchase licenses for their teachers through our school district licensing program. Here is an overview of the modules: