Wednesday 25 June 2014
Mathematics Journals - A year on
About a year ago, I wrote this blog post about keeping Mathematical Scrapbooks and in the mean time I have also posted this about Mathematical Communication. A year on from that first post I am reviewing a year of having played with the idea and thinking about how to push this forward into next year. I started a good debate with one of my colleagues about this and, as so often, I am left with a bunch of questions rather than answers - for now - realted to waht I am hoping to get out of this exercise. So, as a reminder, the following is what I was hoping that students could get out of the experience of keeping journals, in no partocular order.....
- Keep less of what we do but make what we keep more useful all round
- Encourage students to comuunicate about mathematics
- Provide a good exercise in review - making it
- Provide an excellent resource for revision - looking back at it
- Include lots of images and photographs that promote the idea of episodic memory.
- Students to keep something as a record of their maths that is something they take real pride in
- To have something more concise to show parents as a record of their work
- To engage students on a diferent level
So as I go forward with this and following the debate I started with my colleague, I have the following questions...
- Is this task suited to some students more then others?
- Who, how and why?
- Does this task offer benefits for all students?
- If no, then who could do without it and why?
- What other tasks that take place in my classroom or in the teaching and learning of maths could I ask these questions about
At some point I will need to commit to writing what answers I am giving to these questions and what progress I think was made against the aims set out above.