Handwriting and ISN

My handwriting is horrible. I mean HORRIBLE!  I’ve always had sloppy handwriting. As a student though, I learned to write neatly IF I write  slowly and take my time. I’m sure my teachers appreciated  me taking my time! 🙂  But now, as a teacher I write all the time on the smartboard…which in itself isn’t the easiest thing to write on. I can cope with my bad handwriting by allowing students come to the board to write, plus it’s just good practice to have kids come to the board as much as possible! But in those instances that I have to write on the smartboard, I try my very best to write neatly but it’s tough because I feel that it’s necessary to write quickly in order to use time efficiently and also not keep my back turned on the class. So, my handwriting is usually pretty sloppy in class. 😦

On most days I create a smartboard file to work with during class that outlines my notes, which REALLY helps with the handwriting problem, of course I still have to write some, but it works better to have it done ahead of time as much as possible!   Sometimes it takes a lot of time to build, but it helps focus the class and be able to move quickly from task to task.  Well, since starting ISN a few weeks ago, I’ve had to figure out how to change my smartboard file to represent my ISN stuff. I’m still figuring it out, but I like my process so far.

I usually start out with my paper version:


If I have vocabulary that I present with the lesson, we go over that first..
Usually I make the vocabulary click to reveal so it goes by a little faster and I can keep my eyes on the room! 😉 Students write these in their “Words Worth Knowing”.

I *USUALLY* try to have some sort of activity. This is the card sort that I put together for students to practice the vocabulary on similarity transformation and congruence transformations…

Then I go into the lesson:
I like that in the smartboard software I can “extend the page” to add additional items. I put everything that students should put on one page on one smartboard page. It helps keep them organized and to know that they aren’t suppose to go on to the next page. When I’m presenting the page, I can simply scroll down to the next part!

This is the bottom half of the page:

The method 1 and method 2 boxes are where students are to paste in their foldable…which this foldable was apparently really difficult for students. I’m not sure if it was the foldable or the short week that had them all discombobulated!

I’m still trying to figure out how I best like to present the foldables. For this one, I put each example off the side of the page with a pull tab:

I’m not sure about everyone else, but my class is pretty jam-packed! In ordered to successfully get through everything, it is very helpful to have everything laid out a head of time. BUT…I think the ISN is really helping the students see organization in a positive light and provide some movement in my classroom. Just that bit of movement cutting the foldables makes all the difference for the students.