Snapshot: Are your students just taking notes in class instead of thinking, asking questions and generating their own ideas?
Here’s a simple way to change that: Introduce your students to interactive notebooks. Interactive notebooks are a versatile learning tool that will engage even your most disaffected students. Only half of the space in an interactive notebook is for taking notes. The other half is a powerful learning space where students process what they are hearing by jotting questions and ideas, illustrating concepts and observations and making plans for future learning.
Even your most disengaged students will connect with and participate in lessons if they are working with interactive notebooks that are designed specifically to support independent and creative thinking.
Jane Pollock and Jenn Sykora will show you how to set up interactive notebooks for the new school year. Learn how to structure the notebooks to increase opportunities for student feedback and formative assessment. Find out how you can use what you learn about your students in their notebooks to improve your own instruction.
Jane and Jenn will show you how to mine valuable information about student progress from interactive notebooks and use this info to differentiate instruction. You can also use interactive notebooks as a tool or guide to keep you focused on high-yield instruction strategies in every lesson. When teachers plan and deliver lessons using the notebook, all students make gains and improve their learning habits.
- Research on feedback that supports use of interactive notebooks
- Best ways to set up and organize interactive notebooks for students at all grade levels
- How to adapt notetaking techniques for ELL and special education students
- Print and electronic options for interactive notebooks
- Teaching students self-regulation and self-assessment through notebooks
- Organizing notebooks to help you make more consistent use of explicit teaching and high-yield instructional strategies