INBs – A New Adventure
All summer long I searched for ways to improve my literacy in math class – I learned so much chatting with my tweeps during our #lit4math book study. It helped me redefine what literacy is / should be in math class – not just about reading. And writing. Not about creating something completely new – but improving what I already do to emphasize communication – discussing – giving students opportunities to make connections.
As I ran across various posts on the Interactive Notebooks – I knew this was something I wanted to do. At first I had the wrong perception – thinking the interaction was between student and teacher – I struggled, wondering how in the world would I find the time to “grade” and evaluate that many notebooks efficicently and effectively and keep them in students’ hands for continuous learning???
After reading – mostly from @mgolding – I realized I had it all wrong. The interaction was between the students and their own notebooks – to provide them with opportunities to engage with the information I gave them. I was overly excited when I saw @mgolding would be presenting at #TMC12 – then crushed to find out my session was at the same time. boo. and I would miss out.
Listening to conversations that came out of her session and reading more once I returned home only confirmed my decision to move forward with INBs. My science colleague had decided to pursue this learning tool as well – so grateful to have an in-person to collaborate/share ideas with too!
During the first Global Math Department meeting, she brought calm to me – answering so many of my questions in her session that night – thank you, thank you, thank you @mgolding!!!
I have begun my venture with INBs. I feel a bit stronger in one class than the other – but I have been upfront with my students – this is a learning experience for me as well.
Some things I’ve quickly learned:
- I MUST keep my TOC up to date – its easy to get off track if I don’t!
- I MUST do the INB along with students – having completed the pages myself – knowing exactly what I want to go on them;
- I MUST practice any foldables / graphic organizers to make sure they’ll fit/work. I may have a great idea in my head – in theory anyway- but I have to put it to the paper to see if it will acutally do what I need it to do!
- I MUST think about what I want to accomplish with the LHP assignments. This is the one I tend to struggle with some…thankfully I have lunch with my colleague and bounce ideas to get feedback.
Flip 4 Answers
I plan to blog my list of RHP ideas later, but for today, I want to share an idea that came from my students. Its similar to something I saw @mgolding share at #TMC12. She had used post-its to cover hints/work/solution to an assignment she left with a substittue teacher.
When asked to create a practice quiz, one of my students used an index card to cover their work – thus “Flip for answer.” When I shared the student’s example, I never dreamed others would follow. Yesterday during our first cumulative test – I oberved several others started playing off the concept.
As I look at the sample below, a CWP (color with purpose) would be VERY easy to assign…I think on Monday – that may be a good warm-up – turn to page 12 and CWP… positive or negative or zero or undefined, even identifying which letters model parallel & perpendicular.
Another idea I think I’ll lean toward using for my LHP assignments – is the use of “Open Questions” – an idea I got during a book chat last fall from More Good Questions Small/Lin. The second part of RHP 12 was an example of this…give coordinates of two points: with zero slope, undefined slope, positive slope, perpendicular to the slope in part c.
I believe the INBs require me to be more organized in my example choices. It helps students be more focused / organized as well. Looking through INBs yesterday – those who were having some trouble with their INBs / not completing their LHP assignments – seem to be the same (few) students who were struggling to make the connections I need them to. This confirms to me the choices I am making – since most are finding great success.