Hello everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed the Back to School Virtual Teaching Expo as much as I did. I learned some great new things! I love learning in-depth information about teaching topics from actual teachers. If you haven’t attended the Back to School Virtual Teaching Expo yet, there is still time to buy your tickets and receive a goody bag filled with freebies. You can visit the Virtual Teaching Expo site to buy tickets.

Now let’s have some Q&A time! Leave any comments or questions that you might have about using math journals in your classroom below, and I’ll make sure to reply to each and every one of you. If you use math journals in your own classroom and have some handy tips that you feel might help others, please leave a comment with those tips as well. I think it’s great for teachers to be able to learn from one another!

Best of luck for the new school year! I hope that you and your students have an amazing time together in the classroom.

I just wanted to say that I “attended” your Math Journal session and really got a lot out of it! I am teaching math in Fourth grade for the first time in four years at a new school AND our school system is incorporating the Common Core curriculum in Math and ELA this year. It’s a whole lotta new stuff at one time!

I am working on incorporating journal prompts with hands on activities and foldables this year. Do you have any suggestions for the beginning of school in fourth grade with this in mind?

Hi Tiff,

Thanks so much for your comment. I’m so glad you liked the session! What a great idea to include foldables and hands on activities with your journal prompts. There are so many different ways you could incorporate both into your journal prompts! One idea I have for foldables is to use this method when you have geometry questions, because as they are folding and cutting, they will actually get to see geometry in action. You can also give them problems where you give the an option between different foldable methods that they can display their answers. This will allow them to visualize math in their own way.

As for hand on activities, I really love to take measuring objects outside (if you can). The students can collect leaves, measure them and even make a graph or chart of their findings. This would be a nice idea in the fall.

Best of luck this school year. I hope you have an amazing school year!

Thank you Yvonne for sharing such fantastic tips at the expo. I have been reading on other blogs how they are implementing your ideas from the expo. How cool! You are making a difference not only in teachers’ live but their students’ lives as well.

Tamara,

Thanks so much for letting me know! That is really cool to know! I’m so happy that I could help some people implement it in their classrooms. I’m so thankful to have been given the opportunity to speak at the Back to School Virtual Expo!