We spend lots of time searching for the best textbook for students. We want our students to have a reliable and useful resource to reference, as needed. We even ask them to read over certain material before classes. Often, however, we fail to guide our students in how to read the text productively. Incorporating reading journals into your classes is an excellent way to simultaneously develop your students' ability to read mathematical text and capitalize on what the students already have to offer. In this presentation, we will look at how reading journals motivate students in a variety of mathematics courses across the undergraduate curriculum. As time permits, we will share important lessons learned and how to develop different types of prompts for journals.
Nelson, Sarah, "Reading Journals: Preview Assignments that Promote Student Engagement, Productive Struggle, and Ultimate Success in Undergraduate Mathematics Courses" (2017). ACMS Conference Proceedings 2017. 18.
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