This year in Math 9 we are using Interactive Notebooks to keep track of our important notes in an engaging way, and to help students learn to study more effectively.

Throughout the semester I will be posting pictures of my example notebook, in case students miss class and need to create their missing pages, or if parents would like to see what we've been doing.

(Special thanks to Sarah Hagan at mathequalslove.blogspot.com for most of the resources and inspiration for the pages in this post)

Students are invited to create their own title page (which is not counted in the page numbers).

On the first day of Notebooks we did a Growth Mindset quiz, and discussed the idea of a growth mindset (where you believe that you can train your brain and learn new skills if you work hard and if you are persistent), as opposed to a fixed mindset (where you believe you are "smart" or "not smart" or "a math person" or "not a math person", which is a less productive mindset and does not encourage hard work and persistence). I'll post more about growth mindset in another post.

Throughout the semester I will be posting pictures of my example notebook, in case students miss class and need to create their missing pages, or if parents would like to see what we've been doing.

**Below are the notebook pages from the first unit.**(Special thanks to Sarah Hagan at mathequalslove.blogspot.com for most of the resources and inspiration for the pages in this post)

Students are invited to create their own title page (which is not counted in the page numbers).

**Page 1 - Growth Mindset Quiz**On the first day of Notebooks we did a Growth Mindset quiz, and discussed the idea of a growth mindset (where you believe that you can train your brain and learn new skills if you work hard and if you are persistent), as opposed to a fixed mindset (where you believe you are "smart" or "not smart" or "a math person" or "not a math person", which is a less productive mindset and does not encourage hard work and persistence). I'll post more about growth mindset in another post.

**Page 2 and 3 - Reference Pages**

We put in a Problem Solving ideas list, which we will be discussing more later.

Then we put in a Mathematician's Toolbox with a neat fould-out numberline (see below for more photos).

Here is the inside of the Mathematician's Toolbox booklet, with the number line open:

Toolbox closed with number line open:

Here you can see that the number line closes up right inside the toolbox:

**Starting our First Unit (Chapter 2 from the MMS textbook)**-

Sorry for the confusion, we do the unit out of order from what is in the textbook.. and while I don't use the textbook often in this class, I want to be consistent in terms of chapter/unit numbers with the other classes which do make use of the textbook.

**Page 3 & 4 - Concept Check Form and Table of Contents for Unit 2**

Students will record their Concept Check (Quiz) scores in this table throughout the unit. Students can re-take the quizzes as many times as they like in order to get the score they want (10/10), and the newest score always replaces the old score for that concept. If they get two 10/10 scores in a row, they get a sticker in this chart!

Students will fill out the table of content for this unit as we go. (EDIT: I've included my completed Table of Contents for this unit)

Page 6 - What is a Power notes

Page 7 - 2.2 Zero Exponent and Powers of Ten Notes:

No foldable today, just some simple notes!

No foldable today, just some simple notes!

**Pages 8 & 9 - Order of Operations (BEDMAS) with Powers**

**Pages 10 & 11 - Product and Quotient Rules**

**Pages 12 & 13 - Power of a Power Rule and Distributive Rule for Products**

**Pages 14 & 15 - Distributive Rule for Quotients and the Little Book of Exponent Rules**

The Little Book is a mini summary of most of the content for this unit - a great place to go to start studying!

__Students' notebooks will be assessed (as part of their "project" mark) at the end of each Unit. This will usually occur on the day of the concept check that includes the whole unit, or the following day.__

**Notebook Assessment**

Notebooks will be checked for completeness (1 mark per page of the unit), accuracy, neatness (including pages being well secured in the book), organization, and use of colour to aid in learning and studying material.

These notebooks are a demonstration of student learning, as well as a tool or student learning.

If students are not satisfied with their mark on their notebooks for a unit, they can re-do the problem pages and request re-assessment up to the time the NEXT unit is due.