liebster award

liebster award

Friday, July 12, 2013

I want it, I need it, I've gotta - gotta have it

As I look at materials and make plans for next year, I have come to the conclusion that there is something else I want...

I want good questions.  I want the kinds of questions which will make my students interested in figuring out why something is true.  I want the kinds of questions which catch the class' attention and keep them thinking about math well after the bell has rung.

Here's my problem, though, I don't want to be the only person asking these questions.  I want my students asking these questions.  I want to end class at least once a week not even knowing the answer(s) to these questions myself.

They say in government that you subsidize what you want more of and tax what you want less of.  I need to subsidize inquiry.

I am planning on introducing the creation and use of an interactive notebook in my Algebra 2 classes.  I have been thinking about how to use the left-side of the notebook.  I've asked friends on twitter (hello: @mgolding @algebraniac1 @druinok @reilly0141 I think those are the peeps with whom I discussed INB's on Tuesday).  I also reviewed the Global Math Department recording from a couple weeks ago where INB's were discussed.

Formats for the left sides are pretty fluid, leaving the options very open.  I know that I plan on having students reflect on topics in that section.  I also want to encourage asking good questions there.  I generally try to not pay off students with candy (erasers, etc) too often, but I want good questions and deep thought too much to not consider the use of bribery to get it.

I have started mapping out my first couple units in the INB (well, the right-hand sides).  I will be reading, asking and thinking about how to utilize that left side.  I'll share my thoughts once I reach a comfortable place with how I am envisioning that part of the notebook.


  1. Hi Scott. I really like your blog. Your content is a bit above my students content but i like the way you think. Because of this I nominated you for a Leibster Award. It is an award designed to recognize the hard work of new bloggers who do amazing work but might not have the followers that other blogs have. I think you are one of those bloggers who deserve the nod. For more information and how to accept head on over to my blog at
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    1. Thank you for this honor. I taught 6th grade for a number of years and I sometimes wonder if I should have stayed teaching it instead of moving up to high school.

  2. Hey Scott! Jameson beat me to it but I also nominated you for that award! Really good stuff here, thanks for sharing!