It’s about the tools. Tools assist in creating a final product. These math tools listed below are just as important to creating the final product, students understanding mathematical concepts, as the concepts themselves.
Five Fun & Effective Math Tools
#1 Purposeful Talk
#2 Math Journals
#3 Vocabulary Word Wall
#4 Graphic Organizers
#5 Anchor Charts
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The Nitty Gritty:
- Math tools are important to use, because they allow students to further their understanding of the math concepts being taught.
- Purposeful talk gives students the opportunity to reflect and converse about what they have learned in math.
- Math journals can be used by students to brainstorm ideas, write explorations for math, list questions, reflect on math problems, summarize concepts, and justify answers. Teachers can utilize these journals to assess each student’s understanding of what is being taught.
- Vocabulary word walls are great for math, because they can help students to better understand math terms and keep the words fresh in their minds.
- Graphic organizers help students to organize the information they are learning. The Math Frayer Model and Venn diagrams are two organizers that I like to use with my students.
- Anchor charts are short and to the point. They are wonderful references for students to use and are most successful when created together.