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New teacher introduces composition notebooks to math classes

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Students' math notebooks display students' individuality.

Students' math notebooks display students' individuality.

Olivia Price

Olivia Price

Students' math notebooks display students' individuality.

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They come in all different colors, page after page plastered with different pictures and charts. Each sit in a locker of one of the many high school students taking a math class from Kelsey Duck, a new teacher at KCC this year. These composition notebooks are what students use to learn the material in math class every day.

For each lesson, two pages are used. The right side of the notebooks has the students’ notes for the day, and the left side has the students’ homework or an interactive activity, which usually consists of a glued-in chart, picture, or example relating to the lesson.

Duck said she got the idea for these notebooks at a math conference. She used them at the school where she was teaching at the time and says that it ”kept the kids more engaged”.

Although the notebooks are controversial among students, the interactive learning style they employ is much appreciated by some, like sophomore Anna Vialle.

“ I think they’re really clever and interactive,” Vialle said.

The colorful aspect appeals to artistic students.

”They keep everything organized– also we got to decorate it,” junior Maya Mastin said.

While the hands-on approach is great for some, to others it seems over complicated and unnecessary.

“I think it’s annoying and tedious. It’s convoluted,” senior Nathan Beach said.

Some students enjoy the break from the normal way of learning math.

“They’re more creative than just working out of the book,” sophomore Ethan Buresh said.

In most of the high school math classes, the material is taught right from the textbook. In Duck’s classroom though, material almost never comes straight off the pages. It is put into the form of a colorful chart, interesting shape, or an interactive game before it’s taught to students.

The notebooks will continue to be used in Duck’s classroom.

Freshman Camile Hardt holds out her decorated math notebook. Some students chose to decorate their notebooks to express their different tastes.

Olivia Price
Freshman Camile Hardt holds out her decorated math notebook. Some students chose to decorate their notebooks to express their different tastes.

 

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