Day 2:On the second day of school, I had the students begin setting up their homework. Day 1 is focused more on different ice breaker activities and going over classroom procedures and expectations. Everything posted below for day 2 was able to be complete within 42 minutes of class. I did pre-cut as much as I could to help save time. I am noticing that the kids are not used to cutting and gluing so I am doing my best to pre-cut as much as I can to help save time.
In addition, I state the rules of the notebook and what I expect from them. I love rule #3: NO DOODLING! I told them that they are allowed to doodle in any other notebook other than math. Of course I told them it was our secret and that they should not tell any other teacher that they can do this. :)
The students then open up to the table of contents. I have them use their ruler and we set up the first page together. Then I give them no more than 6 minutes to set up three more pages so that they have a total of four TOC pages. Of course, they should not need this many but I would rather be safe than sorry. The date goes in the first column followed by the topic and the page numbers. We skipped the very first page across from our cover and will get to that the second week so they can create their covers. It will be a homework assignment I will check Friday.
For homework on the second day of school, I have the students set three math goals that they would like to achieve by the end of the year. I then have them create a 3-4 sentence plan on how they will create these goals. It can be something as easy as staying organized, to maintaining at 94% or higher in class. I review them at the beginning of day 3 and then we create our Group Work Roles which I sell at my TPT Store. We fold, glue, label, and go over each role. I then place them in groups and read them the story of "Mr. Peabody's Apples." It is a great book for teenagers that talks about rumors and how impossible it is to take them back. They work in groups, using their roles and job descriptions to answer questions about the book as I read through it. This takes up most/all of the class. However, the students enjoy a good picture book and learn a very important moral in class.
1. State what you know (noticings)
2. State the question(s) (wonderings)
3. Solve (show all work and writing in words your thinking)
4. State the answer (include a unit/label)
The students have not solved word problems like this before and found the chart silly to use in our first example because it was a simple math problem. As we continued through the word problems, the students found the chart easier to use and more helpful when solving the problem. I am excited to see how they did with the three math problems I gave them for homework.
I have already started putting together the notebooks for each class with the different folables that we are going to do for the next two weeks. I think the hardest thing is going to keep my four notebooks (one for each leveled class) up-to-date with the students. Do any teachers have any suggestions or tips that can help me keep my notebook up-to-date with the students?
I hope everyone had a wonderful week back to school and I cannot wait to hear more about them!