Hey y’all!! About 4 years ago, I realized that my kids needed more practice with problem solving and they needed a longer amount of time to do it. I also realized that I wanted them to be stronger communicators in order to deepen their understanding of the concepts. I decided to introduce math journaling into my math block. I wasn’t sure at first how this was going to go, but I will say now that I would never teach math with out the component of math journaling. When I talk with other teachers, they too feel like introducing math journaling in their daily routine has built strong foundations in their students’ number sense.
During journal we play classical music in the room. I find this helps set the tone for the work that needs to be done and it promotes that deep thinking. My favorite part of math journaling from a planning point, is that you already know your kids are doing for morning work. There is nothing worse than having to plan something new for morning work every single day!
All I did to create these graphs was take put that cute patterned duck tape on a poster board. You can have your students write their name on a post it or use their picture and velcro each week.
Here is a little sample to download of the math journals we do each day in our class. Sample Click
If you like it, you can check out the math journals in my store. The graphs are included in the journals as well.