I recently joined a program in my school district titled, “Math Rocks.” It’s a community of district math teachers collaborating together to decide how to help our students become more successful math students through building professional relationships and being curious teacher-learners. On our first day, we were assigned the task of creating a blog and writing a blog post.
Here’s the prompt: What is one thing that happens in your classroom that makes it distinctly yours? It can be something you do that is unique in your school… It can be something more amorphous… However you want to interpret the question! Whatever!
One of my hallmarks is using math journals in the classroom. Over the years, it has provided me with the most concrete evidence of where my students are in their thinking and their understanding of the skills and content on which we are working. Journals also make great assessment tools and provide concrete evidence for student data meetings.
I wrote a post about how I use journals in the classroom last fall. Check it out here.