Math journaling is a wonderful way to understand your students’ mathematical thoughts, problem-solving strategies, misconceptions, opinions, etc. An open-ended style math journal also acts as a differentiated assessment tool, as well as documentation of your students' growth! Can't get much better than that, huh?!!?
My kiddos use their math journals for 10-15 minutes at the end of each math period. It's a special time for us to stretch our thinking and celebrate multiple solutions & strategies to work out a problem!
If you're interested, I posted a packet of 30 back to school math journal prompts in my lil' TpT shop. Skills covered are: number representation, comparing numbers, place value, number ordering, addition, and subtraction. Several of the prompts encourage higher level thinking. Click on the picture to check them out!
I give my students a prompt each day to glue into their math journals (spiral notebooks=super cheap right now). They do this first thing in the morning, so we are ready to go when it's math time!
I would love to hear how y'all use math journals in your classroom!! First person to comment gets my back to school prompts for FREE (make sure to give me your e-mail address)!!
Happy Math Journaling, Sweet Teachers!