What Is An Interactive Notebook?Interactive Notebooks are a valuable tool that can help strengthen student learning of curriculum through increased student interaction and participation. These notebooks are used in my class daily to help my students learn and keep track of their learning progress. This notebook uses both the right and left-brain hemispheres to help sort, categorize and be creative with newly attained knowledge. The left side of the notebook is used for writing down information given by me such as notes, vocabulary, formulas, examples, etc... The right side of the notebook shows the understanding and references the information from the right side through self worked examples, reflections, drawings, figures, etc... The benefits for my students are endless because they become more organized and can easily access their work and notes quickly.
Well for starters, I was tired of students not utilizing their notes, losing their papers, and not remembering the previously learned concepts. With the Math Interactive Notebook, students now have the opportunity to reflect on their strategies and assess their own learning. They can practice putting their knowledge into words both verbally and in writing. Futhermore, by using the notebook, instructional focus suddenly starts to shift from computation to problem solving and real-life application. The Interactive Notebook serves as a documented portfolio-like record of student growth and progress. Finally, the Interactive Notebook is an open-ended and naturally differentiated assessment tool.
- Composition book
- Highlighters (at least four different colors)
- Glue Stickes
- Colored Pencils (Basic 8 colors)
Left side pages are used to write down learn-able content
- Class notes
- Discussion notes
- Textbook notes
- Graded Test
- Problem of the Day (warm up)
- Independent Practice Problems
- Graphic Organizers (Frayer Model, Foldables, Venn Diagrams...)
- Glued Assignments
- Glued Quiz/Test Corrections
- Everyone has the same notes in the same place.
- Student engagement, responsibility, and organization
- Students will actually use their notes.
- Helpful for student review
- Used for future math classes
- Quick Assessment tool
- Every year you don't have to re-invent the wheel.
- For the teacher, it is a lot of work and planning to set up.
- Stolen or lost notebooks
- New students mid sememster
- Damaged notebooks
One workbook that I recently purchased that has helped me tremendously when it comes to planning and creating foldables is Dinah Zike's Notebook Foldables for Spiral, Binders, & Composition Books. I highly recommend this workbook if you decide to start working with Interactive Notebooks.
I also created an Interactive Notebook PowerPoint Presentation that I use at the beginning of the school year when we start setting up all of our Notebooks. You can download my Powerpoint by visiting my teacher store at Teachers Pay Teachers and edit it to suit your needs.
Here are samples of entries inside my Interactive Notebooks.
(I have one notebook for each subject.)
Scientific Method Foldable.
Place Value Foldable
Multiplication Properties Foldable
Multiplication & Division Fact Family House (Door Opens!)
Chapter Vocabulary Foldable with Examples
Character Traits & Story Evidence