Teachers know that math journals are important for students to explore their thinking and activate their metacognition. When I have used them in my classes, students have written everything from "I love math" to the latest times table they have learned. Many resources on the web exist about how to make the best use of these journals. One such link can be found at http://math.about.com/library/weekly/aa123001a.htm.
Writing about math will make students more aware of their thinking processes and better at problem solving or identifying where they are stuck. They can provide valuable insight for the teachers who want to help them.
Step 1: Materials
- Card stock
- Graph paper
- Pamphlet stapler
Graph paper is important because it offers many types of support for students, from lining up their addition or subtraction to being able to draw accurate geometric models or graphs.