As I look at materials and make plans for next year, I have come to the conclusion that there is something else I want...
I want good questions. I want the kinds of questions which will make my students interested in figuring out why something is true. I want the kinds of questions which catch the class' attention and keep them thinking about math well after the bell has rung.
Here's my problem, though, I don't want to be the only person asking these questions. I want my students asking these questions. I want to end class at least once a week not even knowing the answer(s) to these questions myself.
They say in government that you subsidize what you want more of and tax what you want less of. I need to subsidize inquiry.
I am planning on introducing the creation and use of an interactive notebook in my Algebra 2 classes. I have been thinking about how to use the left-side of the notebook. I've asked friends on twitter (hello: @mgolding @algebraniac1 @druinok @reilly0141 I think those are the peeps with whom I discussed INB's on Tuesday). I also reviewed the Global Math Department recording from a couple weeks ago where INB's were discussed.
Formats for the left sides are pretty fluid, leaving the options very open. I know that I plan on having students reflect on topics in that section. I also want to encourage asking good questions there. I generally try to not pay off students with candy (erasers, etc) too often, but I want good questions and deep thought too much to not consider the use of bribery to get it.
I have started mapping out my first couple units in the INB (well, the right-hand sides). I will be reading, asking and thinking about how to utilize that left side. I'll share my thoughts once I reach a comfortable place with how I am envisioning that part of the notebook.