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
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