Saturday, October 02, 2010

Three More Updates

At my high school we have tables instead of desks, and all last year, I put up manila folders when the students were taking tests. I was never happy with that solution, but I never found/had the time/whatever to change it. This year, this is my second version. These are just LARGE poster boards cut in half (the white part) with a slit up/down the center. Then I took other board (they'd run out of white by the time I went back), and cut accordingly:

It mostly works okay. I like it WAY better than the manila folders. They're still a bit floppy towards the outsides, but I think I can fix that with some sort of teeny stands or something on the bottoms.

Another goal I had was for the students to be more reflective, so periodically on one of their homework assignments (I've only done it twice this past 6 weeks), I assign as one of the problems a "how are things going" question. Then when test time comes around, I collect their notebooks to check that they're taking notes properly and to see their responses. Wooo, glad I asked. Here's one entry:

This student is so NOT stupid, and she doesn't put on an air of feeling stupid, so if I hadn't asked, I wouldn't have known this was going on.

Finally, I had my students make their 2nd foldable to eventually glue into their notebooks. We took 4 1/2 sheets of paper (8.5" x 5.5") and offset them a bit and folded them over and stapled at the top and voila:

The middle "same colored" flaps REALLY bothered me for 4 classes (OCD anyone?), so by the 5th time I did this with my last geometry class of this topic, I figured out a way to fix it. I took the middle folded paper, and folded another one the same way, and cut out a 3rd color and just shoved it in instead of the same color, and the magic stapling fixed things. Disaster averted.


  1. Ms. Cookie,

    This is the first time I have read your blog and already I am intrigued to continue and keep up with all the things you are doing. I have just started my Masters Program in Mathematics so your blog caught my attention. I really like the fact that you are having your students reflect on their learning. It is such an important aspect of growth and achievement. I can see how this has helped you as well to see where the students are struggling. This in turn will give you a way to reflect on your own teaching too.

  2. Anonymous10:21 PM

    Here are the directions I give my students for making flipbooks. It may solve your double color problem...

    Pick ONE partner to work with.
    One person from each group should get 8 sheets of paper.
    The other person should get a pair of scissors and a few of colored pencils.
    Stack the eight sheets of paper so that you can only see ½ inch of each layer.
    Fold the stack in half.
    Unfold the stack, and cut along the crease you just made.
    You now have two flip books—one for each partner.
    Staple the top of your flip book to keep the pages together.