Flipping into Interactive Notebooks, ‘Whodunnit’s’

Madison Ritz, Staff Writer

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From flip pages to cut out and paste for math notes, educational math teacher Jancy Radke takes a turn to student’s typical notes.

Radke started something new with her students last year called ‘interactive notebooks’ which is a book that corresponds with their course title. The book has things like flip taps and papers you  can cut out to paste onto the paper. It makes the students get more hands on. It also helps them remember which equations go where, and what type of problems it has to handle.

“The interactive notebooks are where we keep our notes and worksheets that we were working on and it pretty much has everything we worked on from the entire year,” Solomon Thomas, sophomore, said.

Photo by Olivia Haas
Jancy Radke points something out to Sophmores Julian Avila-Vargas and Easton Roberts during Geometry class. The class spent the period participating in an activity that combined math with the classic game “Who Dunnit”. “It was fun and it was a good review,” Roberts said.

Radke would find pages from online that she thought would be entertaining for her students to do and to put into their notebook.

“Normally, Ms. Radke would find several pages, pretty much daily,” Thomas said. “Normally after we take some notes we do a couple worksheets to put into our notebook.

Various students really enjoy these interactive notebooks and can agree that this goes beyond their studying strategies. It also helps them study and remember things that’ll be on the test a few days later.

“I like the variety of problems,” Thomas said. “Several units there have been problems that have been really complex and really hard. They’re challenging but really fun to do.”

Not only does Radke do interactive notebooks, she also does ‘Whodunnits,’ which is a parody type game that is quite similar to the game ‘Clue’ to study for their tests.

“It’s basically a game with math involved,” Thomas said. “I find them very interesting. I liked it overall. It makes you realize what you need to study for on the test, and what’s coming up on the test.”


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