# Math Notebooks

by Jim McCue

(Boise, Idaho)

Hello Fellow Math Teachers,

I have a survey question for you:

Do you require your students to maintain a math notebook and why?

I have taught 3 years of Algebra at the high school level and have started my first year at the community college level. I have observed a strong correlation between well organized math notebooks and strong math students.

Back in the day, as a student, I just did a math notebook along with most students. Now it appears many students have lost this skill and I believe it impacts a students learning process.

I was surprised when I started teaching four years ago, just how many students did not read their math books or take notes at the high school level.

Thanks for your input!

Jim McCue

Boise, Idaho