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