MSP2 Interactive Notebooks


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This was a presentation I used in Elluminate for a July 2009 Tech Talk through the Middle School Portal

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MSP2 Interactive Notebooks

  1. 1. Interactive Notebooks Todd Williamson
  2. 2. What are Interactive Notebooks? <ul><li>A method for organizing student work </li></ul><ul><li>Help generate creative understanding of classroom topics </li></ul><ul><li>Allow for student choice </li></ul><ul><li>Allow students to make connections </li></ul><ul><li>Help maintain a portfolio of yearly work </li></ul><ul><li>A student-created textbook personalized to learning styles </li></ul>
  3. 3. The Basics <ul><li>Notebook activities are completed on a two page spread </li></ul><ul><li>One side is teacher material, the other side is student processing </li></ul><ul><li>Students are given a list of processing activities to start the year </li></ul><ul><li>Self-selected processing </li></ul>
  4. 4. Two Major Styles <ul><li>Hook, Line, Sinker </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated section for introductory activities (Hooks) </li></ul><ul><li>Full pages for teacher notes/handouts (Lines) and student work (Sinkers) </li></ul><ul><li>In, Through, Out </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction and processing occur on the same page </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher work on the Through Page </li></ul><ul><li>Allows comparison of thinking before/after lesson </li></ul>
  5. 5. In, Through, Out Example
  6. 6. What You’ll Need <ul><li>Notebook – can be a binder or a 3 to 5 subject notebook </li></ul><ul><li>Colored Pencils – markers bleed through </li></ul><ul><li>Glue – handouts are glued in so they can’t “fall out”, glue sticks or bottles </li></ul><ul><li>Highlighters – to encourage review of notes </li></ul><ul><li>Activities List </li></ul>
  7. 7. Common Activities (Right Side) <ul><li>Teacher/Book Notes…bullet, Cornell, concept map, etc </li></ul><ul><li>Title Pages </li></ul><ul><li>Pre-reading activities </li></ul><ul><li>Articles for summarization/extension </li></ul>
  8. 8. Sinker Activities <ul><li>These are the typical activities you would use throughout the year </li></ul><ul><li>Rather than being assigned a particular activity, students select from a list of 20 to 30 </li></ul><ul><li>Early on, assigning can help build a collection of examples </li></ul>
  9. 9. Sinker Activities <ul><li>Comic Strips/Illustrated Timelines </li></ul><ul><li>Current Event summaries </li></ul><ul><li>Illustrations </li></ul><ul><li>Mnemonic Devices </li></ul><ul><li>Haiku </li></ul><ul><li>Song Lyrics </li></ul><ul><li>Advertisements/Magazine Covers </li></ul>
  10. 10. Sinker Activities <ul><li>Hero/Wanted Posters </li></ul><ul><li>Sensory Figures </li></ul><ul><li>Concept Maps </li></ul><ul><li>Charts/Graphs </li></ul><ul><li>Lab Write-ups </li></ul><ul><li>Verbal, Visual, Vocabulary </li></ul><ul><li>Section Review Questions </li></ul>
  11. 11. Challenges <ul><li>Set-up – overcome with time and planning </li></ul><ul><li>Choice – students often don’t know how to choose “right” activity </li></ul><ul><li>Absent students – easiest challenge </li></ul><ul><li>New Students…second biggest challenge </li></ul><ul><li>Grading – biggest challenge </li></ul>
  12. 12. Missing Work? <ul><li>Triads – Thanks to Theresa Hinkle </li></ul><ul><li>Two partners in case someone is absent </li></ul><ul><li>Absent Student Forms </li></ul><ul><li>Responsible for their absent partners…handouts, class notes upon return, Hooks, etc </li></ul>
  13. 13. Grading <ul><li>100 notebooks are a challenge to grade </li></ul><ul><li>Collected by homeroom (smaller groups) </li></ul><ul><li>Dedicated approx. 7 days just to grading </li></ul><ul><li>Feedback comments were personalized and time-consuming </li></ul>
  14. 14. Grading <ul><li>Lots of Rubrics out there </li></ul><ul><li>Many are not standards-based </li></ul><ul><li>TOC, Color, Organization, Completion…are these things in your state Standards? Should they be graded? </li></ul><ul><li>Open-notebook test, use the notebook as a “toolbox” </li></ul>
  15. 15. Additional Resources <ul><li> </li></ul>
  16. 16. Contact Me <ul><li>Twitter: @twilliamson15 </li></ul><ul><li>Or through my page at either MSP2 or </li></ul>
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