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Slides used during "Notebooks Rock" presentation at NSTA conference. Session originally listed as "Science Notebooking: A Convenient and Cost-effective Approach"

Slides used during "Notebooks Rock" presentation at NSTA conference. Session originally listed as "Science Notebooking: A Convenient and Cost-effective Approach"

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    Notebooks Rock Notebooks Rock Presentation Transcript

    • Adam Geller www.notebooksrock.org
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Using Science Notebooks Questions / Contact info
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Using Science Notebooks Questions / Contact info
      • Scientists use notebooks in “real life”
      • Research-based method for higher student achievement
      • Notebooks allow development of ideas over time and in sequence
      • Notebooks let each student work on his or her own level
      • Ongoing formative assessment tool
      • They’re FUN!!
      • Notebook assignments hit multiple learning styles
      • Uses both structural and creative processing of student brain
      • Multiple points of processing (this is key)
        • The more they hear it, look at it, write it, the more likely they are to retain it
      • Very impersonal science topics become personalized for student immediately
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Make and Take (if time) Questions / Contact info
      • My format is standardized for all students
      • Some teachers take a laissez faire approach to organization and structure… your choice (however, not recommended)
      • Easy to tell at a glance what is missing
      • Simple way for any student to find out what was done when absent (there are X other students with same notebook)
      • Faster to grade… they’re all the same
      • Teacher’s copy can be general template without any answers
      • Side benefit: teaches organization, planning and structure
      • Nearly impossible to coordinate purchase and selling of an excellent quality notebook
      • A copy shop will produce, staple and deliver to your door!
      • Template files are production-ready and exist for all core subjects
      Note bene : Buy a heavy-duty stapler to reinforce the copier staples
      • Front cover
      • Table of contents
      • 40 inside pages (80 total pages for writing)
      • Back cover
      • In order to make notebooks a seamless part of class… supply your students with what they need
      • Publication kits
        • Scissors
        • Crayons/markers
        • Glue
        • Optional:
          • Post-it notes
          • Pencils
          • Pens
          • Highlighter
      • (DonorsChoose is an option for acquiring this)
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Using Science Notebooks Questions / Contact info
      • Collecting notebooks would be a horrible idea because it would take horribly long to grade
      • Develop your own assessment philosophy
        • Decide what the notebook represents
        • Decide how much weight it will have in the grade
        • Determine whether completing an assignment fulfills the purpose of the notebook for your class
      • Students can grade each other’s notebooks
      • Rubric-based point system
      • Teacher controls who grades which notebook
      • Any student can ask teacher for re-grade
      • How to prevent grade cheating… really dramatic explanation of spot checks of the notebooks. They know it’s possible because grader’s name is on grade sheet.
      • Walk students through each assignment
      • Grading values completion
      • Correct/wrong feedback given during homework check
      • Grade all notebooks in minutes
      • Students understand that notebook completion really matters and affects grade
      • Students use poor notebook performance as motivation to get caught up since the points are “recoverable”
      • Have insight on any student’s amount of work/effort for a parent conference without needing the work at hand
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Using Science Notebooks Questions / Contact info
      • Remember that we must TEACH our students about the notebooks just like any other system or procedure in the classroom
      • Time spent at the beginning of the year on teaching the method and system will save countless time throughout the year
      Habit of mind
      • Everything.
      • Notes
      • Quizzes
      • Homework
      • Lab data
      • Worksheets
      • Foldables
      • Progress reports
      • Syllabus
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      • Photocopy multi-up on a sheet
      • Cut as much as possible with paper-cutter
      • Glue little pieces into notebook
      • Store extras in numbered hanging file folders
        • Students reference everything by page number now
      Manage the little pieces
    • See the picture-frame method for metric conversions at http://scienceclass.blip.tv Manage the little pieces
      • On top line, PRINT your first and last name then put the period
      • In space below, decorate using guidelines:
        • Must say “Name’s Science Notebook”
          • (like Mr. Geller’s Science Notebook)
        • Use at least four colors
        • Have at least three pictures that describe you
          • One picture about science
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      • Right hand side = odd
      • Left hand side = even
      • Have students label pages in chunks!
      • Prevents tearing out pages because they’re all expected to be there
      Numbering pages
      • Must model this for students before it will be a procedure and ultimately a habit
      • Students can learn to take the topic from the notes, or from somewhere on board/PowerPoint
    • 2. Class Rules Poster 4. Left Side Info 6. Notebook Sides Poster 8. Levels of Questions 10. Observations Practice 12. Procedure practice 1. Class Syllabus 3. Safety contract 5. Right Side Info 7. Assignment ideas 9. Grandma’s House 11. Qualitative and Quantitative Observations 13. Writing a procedure
    • Left side / right side
      • Core concept of science notebooks is differentiating between and left and right domains of notebook
      • Right: Teacher input
      • Left: Student output
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      • Example of a processing assignment for homework:
        • Create a poster to illustrate the difference between a left and right side page of the notebook
        • Must use at least four colors
      • (Generally speaking, I always required at least four colors for credit)
      Student output for everything
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      • Cornell notes are good for kids
      • You can incorporate them into any of your lessons with same note-taking strategies
      • Cornell notes in the notebook
        • Cuts prep
        • Saves paper
        • Builds note-taking skills for kids
      • Grandma’s house: Mechanism to teach Cornell questioning
        • (Hey… every page is set up for Cornell notes!)
      • This is Costa’s three levels of questioning
      Cornell questions
    • Cornell questions
      • Teacher input: diagram, labeling the levels
        • Book + Brain + Extra info (DOK 3)
        • Book + Brain (DOK 2)
        • Book (DOK 1)
      Cornell questions
      • Student output:
        • Divide the left page into three areas (horizontally)
        • Practice writing “questions” and share
      • STAR method
        • S = Set it up (title, date)
        • T = Take notes
        • A = Ask questions
        • R = Review and summarize*
        • *once per lesson, not page
      • Great intro lesson for Cornell practice is “Qualitative and quantitative observations”
        • All skills should be through the context of content
      Cornell procedure
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      • Student output assignment:
      • Cut out any picture from a magazine
      • Make a T-chart under the picture
        • Qualitative – left side
        • Quantitative – right side
      • 5 observations for each column
      Processing opportunity
    • Teacher example
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      • Each student has ownership
      • Each assignment is not able to be copied from another student
      • Even if the students help each other, they still have individualized product
      • E A S Y to spot check homework and provide feedback within seconds (I have a system that can help)
    • The Why of Science Notebooks How to Create Science Notebooks Assessing Science Notebooks Using Science Notebooks Questions / Contact info
      • Templates, example assignments, etc
        • http://www.notebooksrock.org
      • Adam Geller
        • [email_address]