**Journals in Math?**As mentioned, part of students' assessment is their communication. Research has shown that through writing in math journals, students benefit from being able to:

- reflect on their learning

- search for real-life connections

- become more active in their learning

- make use of math vocabulary learned in class

- develop a deeper level of understanding of math

concepts

Students will be expected to write in their journals each cycle about the topic being covered. To show a deeper level of understanding, students will be following the Bloom's Taxonomy levels of thinking (see right).

Examples of tasks for each level would be:

**write a definition for the term studied today**

**1. Remember:****using your own words, explain how you would solve this problem.**

**2. Understand:****write a word problem that uses concepts from today's math class.**

**3. Apply:****compare what you learned today with what you learned yesterday (or last week), how are they the same and how are they different?**

**4. Analyze:****convince me that you solved the problem correctly.**

**5. Evaluate:****draw a comic strip that incorporates today's concept.**

**6. Create:**Students will be given time during centres to complete their journal entries.

**If absent, students' will have to complete on their own time!**

Along with showing all level's of understanding (from remembering to creating), students will be assessed in their journals using the attached rubric.