Tips for Using Interactive Notebooks

Useful and practical ideas to manage interactive notebooks in your classroom from the 2 Peas and a Dog blog.

We had a great discussion on our #2ndaryELA Twitter Chat about how to best use and manage interactive notebooks in the classroom. Teachers who joined the chat had great ideas to share. Here is a quick summary, followed by a Storify detailed summary.

Interactive Notebook Top Tips 
  • Teach and model routines, expectations and material management to make INB's an independent task 
  • Always keep a model INB for students to reference or to help absent students to catch up 
  • If you decide to grade your INB's use pre-printed label rubrics to speed up the process
  • Skip the colouring or save the colouring for early finishers
  • Use the $0.15 spiral notebooks you can find on sale during the back to school rush
  • Engagement is the big focus for using INB's - if students enjoy using this method for note taking they will want to use them as a study and reference tool 
  • Keep frequently used supplies in bins on each table group or at a central location in the classroom. 
Resources for Interactive Notebooks

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