A Key Element to Success
in Math Class with Mrs. Sanders
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Have you ever heard
yourself say . . .
Keep it all together
What is an Interactive
• A personalized, clear textbook
• A working portfolio -- all of your
notes, classwork, etc. -- in one
Left Side – Right Side
LEFT SIDE RIGHT SIDE
Left side items are items Right side items are the
from the teacher and student’s . . .
text to be . . .
• Left is for learnable content!
• The left side “belongs” to Mrs.
Sanders and the text.
• The left side has “testable”
Examples of Teacher
Left Side Content
• Notes, usually in the Cornell note-
• Graphic organizers
• Example problems worked out with
written “running” commentary
• Content to go on a math foldable
• The right is for “reflection.”
• The right side belongs to YOU!
• The right side is where you record your
PROCESSING of the teacher-
provided notes, handouts, etc. (i.e. of
the left side items).
Examples of Student
Right Side Work/Products
• Guided practice
• Graphic organizers
• Your re-writing of notes into your own
language and/or with illustrations
More Examples of Right
• Math journal entries (e.g. about real-
world math, about the assigned
Internet math practice homework)
• Creative math memory hooks
• Mental math models (e.g. a story about
“good guys leaving” and “bad guys leaving”
to explain pos/neg integer multiplication)
Extra Credit Right Side
NOTE: These are graded by detailed rubrics.
1. math riddles (especially for geometry)
2. student-created math games requiring
math expertise (both to create and play
the game; can involve dice, spinners, etc.)
3. poems/raps to aid memory of concepts or
. . . in your own language!
Sample Math Memory Hook
Sample Venn Diagram
Sample Math Riddle
• Math textbook
• One-inch binder (math-class-only)
• M.I.S.N. = a plastic or laminated
bradded folder with pockets, filled
with 120 pages of loose leaf paper
• Your own “whiteboard” (i.e. a sheet of
white cardstock in a heavy duty sheet protector)
• pencil bag of supplies (see next slide)
Pencil Bag Contents
• Mechanical pencil sharpener (must
catch its own shavings)
• Whiteboard marker, map pencils, red
• Scissors, protractor, compass, glue,
• IMPORTANT: To help it last and keep it
from getting lost, store your interactive
notebook safely away in the FRONT
POCKET of your Math-Class-Only Binder.
• Date and number each page (L1, R1, L2, R2,
• No doodling that doesn’t relate to notes
• No ripped out pages or torn corners
Test Your MISN Knowledge
Can you mentally fill in the blanks below and
mentally “circle” the correct words?
The left side is for The right side is for
_______ _______. _____________.
It is for input/output. It is for input/output.
(circle one) from the (circle one) from the