"How To" Page

This page shows you how to assemble specific items that we use in class.  This is helpful when you need to start a new journal or have to replace a binder . . . . you will know how to set it up again for class. 


Items Shown Here: (below)

Math Binder Set Up

Math Journal Set Up


Math Binder Set Up:

You will need your 3-ring binder, 5 tab dividers (with pockets), a sharpie. 


1) Label your binder and make sure it is designated as "Math."



2) Make sure you have your NameClass Period #, Teacher labeled on your binder cover. If you misplace it, this makes it super easy for someone to return it to you.



3) Put your dividers into your binder. Label the tabs in order: Turn in, HW,  Class Work, Graded Papers, School Handouts


4) The front inside pocket of the binder does not ever hold anything.  Your first divider pocket will be labeled TURN-IN Finished Work, just like it's shown here.  This pocket is for all your finished work that is ready to turn in. 


5) The back pocket of the first divider will say,TURN IN Signed Forms, as shown here.  This is a pocket for any school forms or permissison slips you need to turn in.



6) The facing divider pocket (tab says HW) will be labeled HW (To Do).  Obviously, this is where unfinished HW will stay until it is finished and ready to turn it.  When it's finished, you will move that paper to the "Turn In Finished Work" pocket. 


7) The next divider pocket (the back pocket of the HW tab) will NOT have anything written on it - there are no papers that belong here. Moving on . . . 

8) The next divider pocket (front of the Class Work tab) will say Class Work (Still Working) . . . this is for papers we are working on in class together that I have said NOT to complete at home because it's something I want us to do together, and NOT take home for HW.  (Just label this pocket - I wrote directions there, but you don't have to write them)


9) The back pocket of this tab will say Class Work - Keep Handy.  This pocket is for items I want you to keep handy and easily accessible for use in class.  I don't want it to stay at home, I want you to easily be able to find it. Those papers can go IN the pocket or IN the rings, however you choose to handle this.


10) The front pocket (on the "Graded Papers" tab) should say Graded Papers (Home).  This pocket is for graded papers I hand back to you.  You will put them here, and after getting home, place them in a safe place after reviewing them with your parents.  At home, you should have a shoe box or folder/binder to HOLD your graded papers.  KEEP THEM until the END of the grading papers (when report cards come out).  Teachers make mistakes sometimes, and if there is a problem with a grade, you MUST be able to PROVE it.  You can easily bring me your paper and show me the mistake, etc.  Otherwise, you can't - and the grade will remain as is.

11) The back pocket of the graded papers tab is BLANK - nothing goes in that pocket.  ** If you wish, you can label and use this spot for papers you are bringing to tutoring to ask questions about, or papers you have questions on after they have been graded, etc.  (It's always a good idea to rework a graded paper to make sure you know how to do the missed problems - this is a good place to store those papers where you want to go over it with me in tutoring, etc. 


12) The front pocket of the "School Handouts" tab does NOT have a label.  This is a pocket for handouts you receive from school that need to go home (activity announcements, letters from the principal, etc.) 

** Nothing goes in the back divider pocket OR the back binder pocket.  NO LABELS go here and they will remain blank & empty.


Math Journal:

You will need your composition journal, a pencil, and possibly a marker that does NOT bleed through the paper.


** Your math journal is extremely important to you.  You are not given a textbook, so the notes you take in class and the QUALITY of those notes will determine how successful you are and how helpful of a resource your math journal is.  Students that write down everything and take their time getting good notes are much more successful than the student who completes notes in a sloppy way, only writing down the example, etc. 

1) Make sure to write your name, math, class period, & Teacher on the front of your journal. 

2) You will create a table of contents for your journal.  Keeping this up to date will help you find your notes on specific topics much quicker and you will spend less time searching for help.  Not knowing how many pages it will take each person to write down notes and examples, we leave a few pages blank at the front to allow for more table of contents pages to be added as needed. 

(NOTE:  You will NOT be given a sticker as stated here on the left page.  Just make your first Table of Contents page as shown here. 



3) You will make a "shell" of your Table of Contents page (that is divided up and has page titles like shown above) for about 2 more pages (ending on back of sheet 2) - final pg #4.  Then leave a blank page just in case.  If you are counting your pages: front (pg 1) back (pg 2) next front (pg. 3) next back (pg. 4), etc . . . you will begin the first lesson on pg. 7.


4) Your first "lesson/notes" page will be pg. 7 (label all page numbers in the top corner as shown in pictures. This will make correct information for putting into your table of contents. You just need to STOP HEREREAD the journal expectations here on this picture, but when your first lesson notes are presented, I will walk you through how to label and set up your lesson notes pages.