Some of the math pages have prompts in which the students have to write and explain their thinking. By doing so, I will be able to read their answers to see their understanding. This also gives them the chance to reflect on their thinking. For me, it’s not as important that they get the right answer as it is for them to explore different ways to solve problems. And, I want them to be able to explain in words orally, and as best as they can in writing (they’re first graders, so I don’t expect a paragraph) their thinking and their process and most importantly, why. I feel like a two year old sometimes during lessons when I’m constantly asking them why things happen or why they did things that way, but that’s a whole different post!
At the bottom of many of the pages is a “Let’s Remember” section. This section has a question or two of something they learned earlier in the year. I know that with the constant teaching of new material, I need to constantly review with them things they have already learned so that they don’t forget valuable knowledge! These journals serve as a great spiral review for my firsties.
Obviously, there’s problem solving in the journals! What kind of math journal would it be without problems solving. As you can see above, there are word problems in every booklet. I think it’s important to revisit word problems often! I often have my kids teach one another, especially with the word problems. They love to teach one another and explain their thinking to each other!
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