Middle school conference interactive student notebooks


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Interactive Notebooks
The purpose of the interactive student notebook (ISN) is to enable students to be creative, independent, and reflective thinkers and writers throughout the year. Interactive student notebooks are used for class notes, as well as for other activities where your students will be asked to express their own ideas and process and/or apply the information and skills learned in this class. Come learn multiple ways to use interactive notebooks in your classrooms today!
Presenters: Amy Schwartz & Katherine Leatherman

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Middle school conference interactive student notebooks

  1. 1. Interactive Student Notebooks Amy Schwartz & Katherine Leatherman
  2. 2. HAVE YOU EVER HEARD YOUR STUDENTS SAY . . .I can’t remember what we did in class yesterday. I was absent last week; did I miss anything?
  3. 3. WHAT IS AN INTERACTIVE STUDENT NOTEBOOK? What is the purpose of the notebook? The purpose of the interactive student notebook (ISN) is to enable the student to be a creative, independent, and reflective thinker and writer throughout the year. Interactive student notebooks can be used for class notes, as well as for other activities where students will be asked to express their own ideas and process and/or apply the information and skills learned in class. It also helps students review for tests.
  4. 4. HOW Do I Set it up ???
  5. 5. STUDENT MATERIALS ● ●5 Star (or comparable) 5-subject college-ruled notebook, 8.5” x 11” ●Highlighters (multi-colored) ●Glue stick/Elmer’s glue ●Assorted color pencils ●Colored markers ●Pencil sharpener/pencil (mechanical accepted, too) ●Scotch Tape
  6. 6. COVER Your cover must be clearly labeled to include: •Class Name (SS or full Social Studies) •Your Name (First and Last) •Period •School Year (2013-2014) Please include pictures, drawings, designs, etc. that express who you are as a person.
  7. 7. Example Covers If they aren’t decorated, have students write their names in Sharpie on Day #1. If names are not on the cover, it makes it very difficult to do notebook checks!
  8. 8. INITIAL SETUP Think about the assignments you use already! Divide them into categories, such as: 1.Ancient Civilizations 2.Renaissance 3.World Wars or 1. 1st Semester 2. 2nd Semester 3. Cumlulative Review or 1. Notes 2. Literature 3. Writing/Grammar
  9. 9. INITIAL SETUP (CONT.) Section A – Classwork / Models Section B – Grammar Section C – Vocabulary Section D – Reading Logs Section E – Novels Section F – Portfolios Section G – Clock Buddies Section H – Jr. Great Books Section I – EOG Review Section J –
  10. 10. (evens) (odds) Date Title Title Date
  11. 11. HOW IS IT Interactive ???
  12. 12. Left Side - Right Side In - Through - Out Next Clean Page
  13. 13. Left Brain vs. Right Brain
  14. 14. Left Side Right Side Page # Teacher Information Page # Title Title Date Date Student Responses
  15. 15. LEFT SIDE The Left Side belongs to the teacher The Left Side has all “testable” information; it’s what you will be learning: ● Title and Unit pages ● Table of Contents ● Vocabulary ● Notes (class, reading, and discussion) ● Worksheets ● Study Guides ● Quizzes (formative) ● Content and Language Objectives ● Other relevant information
  16. 16. LEFT SIDE GUIDELINES 1. Should be completely done. 1. Should clearly have both the title of the assignment at the top and the date centered to the right of the title. The page should be numbered at the bottom right-hand and left- hand corner. 1. All assignments should be in chronological order by the times they were assigned. 1. All work should be completed in neat, legible handwriting.
  17. 17. EXAMPLES OF LEFT SIDE ASSIGNMENTS (TEACHER) •Class notes •Graphic Organizers / Thinking Maps •Articles, graphs, charts, diagrams •Foldables •Quizzes/Tests •In-class Assignments, mini-lessons •Recording Sheets •Etc.
  18. 18. Class Notes
  19. 19. Notes
  20. 20. Notes Math Science
  22. 22. Foldables
  23. 23. RIGHT SIDE Right Side is to record students’ thinking, reflections, questions, thoughts, impressions, connections, and wonderings. The Right Side belongs to the student! •Apply skills learned in class •Use graphs, charts, Venn Diagrams, research from internet •Make connections between new and old learning •Questions •Thinking Maps •Poems •Songs •Homework
  24. 24. 1. Format is the same as Left Side (title, date, neatness, completed, etc.) 1. Activities can be done individually, in pairs, small groups, centers, etc. 1. Student is responsible for completing anything not done in class. 1. Each fully-completed and correct Right Side assignment earns a grade. Any missing part (date, title, incomplete, etc.) will cause points to be deducted. Right Side Guidelines
  25. 25. • Classwork • Brainstorming • Sketches related to learning • Collages • Project Plans/Outlines • Reflections • Poem, lab, etc. analysis Examples of Right Side Assignments (Students)
  29. 29. Sensory Figures
  30. 30. Graphic Organizers
  31. 31. Concept Map
  33. 33. Another Example of Interactive Notebooks
  34. 34. Final Example of Interactive Notebooks Next clean page: It may fit your teaching style to just go page by page. This is when a Table of Contents for each chapter/unit comes in handy.
  35. 35. THIS IS ON THE SMART-BOARD... How is it Interactive?
  37. 37. Smartboard Activity
  38. 38. If a student is up at the board, every student in their seat is working in their notebook
  39. 39. Teacher Input
  40. 40. Student Output Students use the information on the board to create their own work. This also make differentiation easier. With higher level students, they work independently to complete the work, and then teachers review. With lower students, teachers can work through the assignment on the board as students follow along in their own notebook. **One lesson plan, different delivery methods (AIG, Inclusion, etc.)
  41. 41. MAINTAINING THE INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOK •No ripped out pages or torn corners •No doodling that doesn’t relate to notes •Date, title, and number each page Everyone’s ISN must MATCH!
  42. 42. After being absent, be sure to check the teacher notebook and get caught up! Creativity is Important
  43. 43. TAKE TO WORK ON NOTEBOOKS? Normal class time is given to work on Right Side assignments; however, assignments may need to be finished at home. The expectation is that students will revisit Left and Right Side to review the material and prepare for tests and quizzes. Once students have a good understanding of the kinds of Right Side activities that can be done, it should take them about 15/20 minutes to complete a right side.
  44. 44. BREAK OUT
  45. 45. GRADING 40% - Tests and projects 30% - Independent work (quizzes, classwork, common assessments, etc.) 20% - Guided work (group activities, teacher led activities, etc.) 10% - Homework Right side activities are usually graded as independent work. Left side activities are usually graded as guided work. *Let your school/county grading policy be your guide GCS Policy:
  46. 46. DEDUCTIONS FOR LATENESS AND LACK OF CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER 1. If a student has forgotten to bring their notebook for that particular class when a notebook check is announced, they may bring it by the very next calendar day, but 10% will be deducted from their notebook score for that check. After two calendar days, no points can be earned for that notebook check. 1. Any Right Side assignment that is found to be out of chronological order will cause a 10% reduction in the overall score of a notebook evaluation.
  47. 47. Grading the Notebook GRADING THE NOTEBOOK
  48. 48. Grading the Notebook 10 Excellent-Above and beyond Notebook contents are complete, dated, and labeled (+100%) Pages are numbered (odd-right side, even-left side) Right-side/ left-side topics are correct and contents are organized Notes and writing go beyond basic requirements.(typed, neat) Uses color and effective diagrams Notebook is neat and shows attention to detail Shows impressive, in-depth self reflection about work. I give it a 10
  49. 49. VS… Grading the Notebook 2 Inadequate- complete lack of effort Notebook contents are incomplete (70% or less) Pages are numbered incorrectly, Right-side, left-side is inconsistent Contents unorganized Information shows only superficial understanding of contents or shows serious inaccuracies Notebook is not neat, sloppiness prevails Shows little self- reflection 1 Incomplete Notebook turned in, but too incomplete to evaluate properly
  50. 50. Grading the Notebook
  51. 51. How do students like it? ● “They are very organized and help me study when I’m getting ready for a test” - Priya K. ● “I like that my notes are so organized are in one spot and easy to find” - Jessee K. ● “Notebooks are easier to keep up with. Plus, they keep all your papers together and don’t fall out like a binder” - Barbara E. ● “They last a lot longer. My binders always pop open and my notebook doesn’t” - Morgan H. ● “They are easier to write in” - Rylan S. ● “Notebooks are much easier to deal with when carrying large amounts of books” - Jared G.