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Are you and your class journalling?

Published 12 months ago by Ann Baker

Teachers are finding their maths journals invaluable both as reflection tool for themselves and their students.

Teachers Exploring Journals

After Mental Routines and Problematised Situations the third step, to ensure your session is effective, is Reflection.

Reflecting with a colleague, or a PLC or collaborative moderation group, is a great way to extend our understandings about our effectiveness.

We can be working with journals with our students:

Teachers are also finding that their students can individually report on their problem solving and number development - and this reporting can be student recorded or scribed. Here are the scribed notes about the beginning of Miah's journey.

Maih's journal

Class journals also work well - as a record of learning from problematised situations - as an ongoing record of strategies used, approached, thinking and a bank of ideas.

Class Journal1

These class journals can be student or teacher led, and contain teacher notes, work samples, student notes and other information.

Journalling as a class

Also, remember that journals are a great way to share maths learning with parents who are coming in to classrooms to see the maths journey so far. Students can talk their parents through the journey, or teachers can use them in interviews or explaining how maths is taught .... and so much more!

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