Wondering how to write a maths journal? You’ve come to the right place. To get you started using maths journals in your primary maths class, here are some tips and journal prompts you can use tomorrow.
Journal writing is a versatile maths mastery tool that helps your learners explore ideas, develop their mathematical language and deepen their understanding.
However, because journaling is a fairly free-form exercise, it can be difficult to know what a good maths journal looks like or which activities will support your learners best.
To help get you started using maths journals in your primary maths class, here are some tips to plan effective maths journal entries and incorporate them into your lessons.
How to plan a maths journal entry
Planning for maths journal writing is key to its success. When planning journal entries, these tips can help make your lessons more effective and help your learners get the most out of their journaling:
1. Have a clear purpose for your journal entry
Define how the journal entry will be valuable to your learners. Be clear about what learning you’re trying to support.
2. Plan the details of your journal entry
Dedicate time to planning the structure of your lesson. There may be instances when spontaneous journal entries can be productive, but we shouldn’t rely on this.
3. Evaluate the process and outcomes after journaling
There will be some journal entries that support learning greatly, and there will be some that won’t have the desired outcome. Both experiences give us valuable data and can inform what we should do next.
Remember, there’s no real ‘right’ way to journal, but we can create effective activities when we have a clear goal and plan to support childrens’ learning.
Now that you’ve got the basics of what makes a good maths journal entry, let’s dive into some prompts you can use in your classroom right away. These examples can be very effective activities and can be further built upon by both learners and teachers.