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Interactive Notebooks

In a previous collection, I discussed literacy strategies, and some of these strategies touched on annotating and responding to reading. As an expansion of the idea of building a real connection to learning, I have found some good interactive note taking methods that, while they often require a bit more setup and work, allow students to interact with their learning and get memorable tools to review concepts.
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Interactive Notebooks
  • gettingnerdywithmelandgerdy.com
    gettingnerdywithmelandgerdy.com

    INB Makin' My Own Notebook! How to Effectively Use Interactive Notebooks

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    Margaret Frederick says:
    Two middle school science teachers, Mel and Gerdy, spent several years perfecting their uses of interactive notebooks. Not only do they briefly describe why the notebooks were useful to them, but they set up a guide for the beginning of the year and tips for throughout the year so that the extra effort required to make the interactive notebooks is reasonably quick and painless. This cuts down on the extra setup work and gives the teachers more time to use the INBs as tools.
  • Margaret Frederick says:
    This is a paid resource, but all the samples and photos look incredibly useful if you want to take the time to build these interactive notebooks. These aren't so much about interacting with the text, but rather interacting with terms, but they are so memorable that your visual and kinesthetic literature learners will get way more use out of this journal than they would out of a basic list of terms and examples.
  • Margaret Frederick says:
    This is the free side of Teachers Pay Teachers, so some of these may count as samples or be very limited in their scope compared to some of their paid resources, but you can narrow down a search by grade, subject, and resource type to get templates, ideas, and printables to use if you want to make interactive notebooks. You can also pull a free notebook resource and try it before you commit to a full INB class so that you know if it's a good fit for your teaching.
  • interactive-notebooks

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    interactive-notebooks.wikispaces.com
    interactive-notebooks.wikispaces.com
    Margaret Frederick says:
    Although this site is no longer being updated regularly, it is a teacher-created wiki hub that links to rationales, research, templates, and how-to guides to help you set up an INB lesson or curriculum.
  • Margaret Frederick says:
    A different interpretation of interactive notebooks, where the interactive portion relies less on foldables and manipulatives and more on a two-column notebook style, much like Cornell Notes. However, the interactivity comes from the student interacting with the learning, making it memorable, and laying it out in such a way that it is useful down the road. There are also links to other resources and to the teacher's presentation that introduces her students to the interactive notebook.
  • Margaret Frederick says:
    These tips are fairly simple, but they are absolutely essential to keep in mind so that students can get the best, most authentic experience out of their notebooks--plus some of them can help with management of time, resources, and the classroom itself, which is always a plus!
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BloomBoard Asks:What strategies do you use in your classroom to make students interact with their learning?