Planned out all my INB pages for the first chap. of Alg1 and Alg2 yesterday. Still need to tackle my classroom management plan and syllabi.I was pretty proud of myself for being super productive yesterday. I had finally got over my perfectionism and started planning actual lessons. Believe me. I would have loved to have started this sooner, but I just found out what classes I am teaching this week. School starts in less than two weeks.
— Sarah (@mathequalslove) August 3, 2012
(Oh, and by the way, I guess I should tell the blogging world what I am teaching next year. I will have 3 sections of Algebra 2, 2 sections of Algebra 1 (1 High School, 1 8th Grade), and 1 section of Math Analysis which is what my school calls College Algebra.) It's a good thing I love algebra since I will be teaching algebra all day every day!)
I was a little surprised, however, when people started replying to my tweet and wanted to see what I had done. Maybe my definition of "planned out" and their definition of "planned out" is a little different. You see, I had an old composition notebook lying around. It's seriously pretty sad looking. About 30-40 pages have been ripped out. Some of the other pages have random math problems solved on them.
On each page, I drew out what I wanted students to have in their notebooks. And, let me tell you, I am no artist. My sister is an art education major. Not me. There is a definite reason I studied math in college and not art. So, instead of having cool foldables in my notebook, I have horrible drawings of things that are supposed to look like foldables.
|My Very Rough Draft. Seriously, you do not want me to share this.|
So, without further ado, I present to you my *still* rough draft of my first INB entry in Algebra 1.
|Right Hand Side|
|Left Hand Side with Foldable Closed (See note at bottom for how I want to modify this!)|
The idea of Turn Around Words ("Less Than") was totally borrowed from Julie Reulbach and her wonderful I Speak Math blog.
|Left Hand Side with Foldable Open|
Oh, and if anyone is interested, I posted the template I created for this type of foldable at the bottom of this post!
|Close-Up of Frayer Model at Top of Right Hand Side|
|More Frayer Model (Download Template @ Bottom of Post)|
And credit for folding the Frayer Model in half to glue into the INB, goes to Katie @ Middle School Math Madness. I love her blog!
ChangesOh, and here is what I want to change. When I was making my foldable, I got out my colored pencils, and I wanted to use them to make my foldable pretty and colorful. But, after I finished, my mind kept going back to a tweet I had read about a week ago. @mgolding who blogs here (and is the one who originally inspired me to try interactive notebooks!) tweeted the following:
CWP. Color With a Purpose. Did my pretty colors really serve a purpose on the foldable other than to make it pretty? No. So, how can I use colors to help my students grasp the lesson better? Next, I made the English/Math table on the RHS. Next, I started thinking about what if I gave each of the four operations (add, subtract, multiply, divide) their own color. Since I couldn't undo my rainbow of colors on the outside of my sample foldable, I used the colors of the operations on the inside of the foldable.
@jreulbach Color With a Purpose strikes me as hard to do right. I like"underline unit vocab with yellow" as one CWP.
— Megan Hayes-Golding (@mgolding) July 27, 2012
With each English phrase, I circled / boxed / marked each key word with the color of the operation it corresponded to. So, when I make my final draft, all my addition words will be one color. All my subtraction words will be another color, etc. Then, I also wrote the operation in that same color on the Math side of the table.
DownloadsMy version of the Frayer Model. I got 6 to fit to a page. I resized them so they were only 1 inch tall when folded and placed in my interactive notebook. (Download PDF)
My version of the foldable above. I think it's called a 4-door shutter fold. But, I'm too lazy to google it right now. I originally did one with a full sized piece of paper, but I thought it was a little big for my composition notebook. So, I downsized it and used the extra space to print another Frayer Model. I'm seriously obsessed. I also made a version without the Frayer Model.
Foldable Template with Frayer Model (PDF)
Foldable Template without Frayer Model (PDF)