Math = Love: Foldables In The Making

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Foldables In The Making

I get a lot of comments and e-mails asking exactly how I model my notes for my students.  I know some teachers write the notes on an actual foldable under the document camera, but I don't have the most user friendly document camera.  And, it's a big pain to switch back and forth between the document camera and my SMART Board.

So, I make foldable templates in the SMART Notebook software to write on top of.  This isn't foolproof.  I often have students take notes in the wrong place, but I think that's a result of their not paying attention.  Because usually 95% of the class will do it right...

Here's an example of what my SMART Board notes look like and what the foldable my students end up making looks like.  I write everything every class period.  This can get a bit old, but I find myself tweaking my wording throughout the day.  I take what didn't work first hour and try to make it better third and fifth hour.  I teach 3 classes of Algebra 1 and 2 classes of Algebra 2, so I never have to write the same thing more than 3 times.  There are some things that I type out in advance for my students.  And, there are some days when I think some notes will take 3 minutes to write.  When they take 10 minutes in reality, I usually end up typing them out for the rest of my classes and simply have them glue them in.  Timing activities can be really tricky with interactive notebooks.  I've found that giving my students a specific amount of time to do a task (via a timer) can be a big help! I wrote more about using a timer in class here.  





As you can see, I try to incorporate lots of color-coding.  Doing this is pretty easy on the SMART Board.  Plus, if a student was absent, I can always pull up the previous day's notes on the SMART Board for them.

The notes look super messy once we get done, but my students don't seem to have too much trouble following along with what's new on the page.  Though, they do take every opportunity they can get to criticize my SMART Board handwriting...

8 comments:

  1. SMARTboard handwriting is the worst ;).

    I'm loving your blog by the way!

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    1. Thanks! And, I'm glad someone else understands the trials that come with writing on the SMART Board. :)

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  2. I absolutely loved having a smartboard during student teaching!!! It's so easy to color code everything but it did take a little getting used to as far as my handwriting was concerned. My new school doesn't having smartboards but I'm hoping for a decent document camera!

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    1. Hope you were able to get a great document camera to use!

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  3. I miss my SmartNotebook program! I envy your every post when I see that screenshot! Haha! :)

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    1. Is it too dramatic to say I would die without SmartNotebook? I seriously have a list of things that the next school I work at must have. Smart Boards. Copy machines that staple and collate. Central air and heat. I'm pretty sure the list is longer than this, but I guess you get the idea. :)

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  4. Do you share your smart board files? I have been following your blog since 2013 and now I have a SMART board. Just looking for time savers.

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    1. I never have before. They're so disorganized, I don't think they'd help anyone. And, they're all sorted by date - not topic. Sorry!

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