Again, inspired by Sarah Hagan, she posted some math symbols posters that made me think how much math is like a new language and a lot can be lost in the technicalities of those symbols. And there is much to be gained with precision.
Since my room was freshly painted this year, I am hesitating to hang any posters at all (it's so nice and clean) and plus I hate clutter.
So in my theme of math tools from my previous post and in building the importance of their INB as a tool to constantly refer to, I decided to make a Math Symbol INB activity.
Here's the plan. First, give them this multiple choice handout to complete alone.
Then let them compare with others and discuss. After that, I will give the correct answers.
Now comes the fun part. I will tell them they now have to use the correct answers to create their own type of study guide. That's right, there will be a test!
Here's a quick list of things they could create:
The point is they have freedom to come up with anything they want that will help them learn and retain the meaning of the symbols. I think it sets the tone for the year in many ways.
Like learning a language:
- math is hard
- it takes effort
- there are weird symbols
- immersion is a great way to learn
- if you don't use it, you'll lose it
- everyone learns in different ways
- no one can understand it for you
Like the classroom culture I want to maintain and build:
- there is room for creativity
- we celebrate multiple and unique methods
- it's not a race
- it can be fun
- you can learn hard things
- we are always learning
Then I plan to take pictures of whatever they come up with and add those to their INB along with this handout as a reference.
Please let me know if you see any errors!