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Introduction to Interactive Student Notebooks

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Zemaria Jeanty

on 5 August 2013

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Transcript of Introduction to Interactive Student Notebooks

The Solution
What is an Interactive Student Notebook?
You have complained that students are bored and disengaged in instruction
You can't teach because you are too busy managing
Students are forgetting last week's lesson!
You are tired of messy notebooks and unorganized students
The Benefits of Using Interactive Notebooks
While you browse through the following EXAMPLES, consider the following...
Organized and Structured

Notes are taken using graphs, charts and foldables. This allows for students to see the information visually.
Easy to Understand

Students often times collaborate while working through their thoughts

Engaging and Creative

Students will enjoy creating, graphing and organizing their thoughts

Students and teacher create an authentic experience that the student is able to keep.
From what you know, how can Interactive Student Notebooks help with the problems faced during instruction?
Setting Up Your ISN
There are many ways to implement ISNs.

Personalize it in the way that makes sense to you.

Teach your kids how to use their ISN. Students might be familiar with taking notes, but be sure to teach students how to use their note book as a resource. You might not answer a question on a topic covered and instead help the students find the information in their notebooks. You want to make this a habit.

Be sure that you understand WHY you are using an ISN don’t do it because it is cute or the other teachers are doing it.
Consider all of the benefits mentioned, but continue your research as the possibilities are countless.
One reason I use an ISN is because I wanted students to be able to use their notes as a reference guide. Another is so that I could present notes in a more clear fashion while targeting multiple learning styles.
Take the time before school starts to come up with a routine for HOW this is going to work in your classroom.
Kids will need access to supplies, papers will need to be cut/folded very often, trash will be created. You must figure out how to make all this happen as easily and effortlessly as possible.
Overtime, less and less time should be spent cutting and gluing; time should be mostly spent on content.
Don't get overwhelmed trying to plan out every single foldable and page. Spend your time planning wisely before school starts. You'd never sit and try to write all your lesson plans for the year so don't try to write an entire table of contents or make an entire ISN.

You will see that some activities work better than others. Your ISN isn't going to be perfect but just try to do your best and keep your "why" in mind. Don't drive yourself crazy! You won't always come up with phenomenal pages; some things are meant to be simple.
An Interactive Student Notebook is a personal textbook and working portfolio of students to record and process their learning.

Interactive Student Notebooks
Must Haves
Notebook, Tape, Glue Sticks, Scissors, Notes prepared by teacher

Table of contents; page number, title and date of each assignment
There is no "right" way to do ISNs. Understand the purpose and make it work for you.
There are many ways to...
Title page for units for each unit
Goal setting pages at the beginning
Work in progress pocket to keep unfinished activities safe
Various ways to decorating a notebook
labels and tabs for easier reference,
color code by unit
Be sure that students know the purpose of their notebooks and how they will be evaluated
Your Student
Call to action
It's not too late to explore and implement ISN's this year. Choose a subject and get started!
General Benefits for Teachers and Students!
Teachers are able to check for understanding frequently and easily
Teachers can stay on task
Teachers are challenged to be creative when planning
Note taking becomes an active process.
most of their time doing something with ideas-putting them into their own words, searching for implication or assumptions, transforming words into visuals, finding the main point of a political cartoon, ect; not passively recording ideas from a lecture or the board etc.

Today's PD will address one solution to the problems teachers mentioned having during whole group instruction
Think of All the Thinking Students Will do!
Easy to Understand
Creative and Engaging
Organized and Structured
Here is one of my favorite YouTube teachers! She explains how she sets up her notebooks. She provides resources as well.

You can watch this now or later. I will outline the basics next!
For You!
Are you Ready?
Check out this video for 3 tips to REMEMBER!
I know you must be anxious to get started. I hope this helps!
Are You Still Thinking About it...?
Look at this great example!
If any of this sounds familiar, you are in the right place!
August 2, 2013
Professional Development
Notes are taken the same way each day, for the most part. Students know what is expected of them.
Notebooks are Colorful.
Students highlight and color code important information.
Organized Notes make it easier to study from later
Teacher models with arrows, color and diagrams
Students have options to show there thinking in an infinite number of ways!
Students remember more because they using the information; use it or use it!
Students show pride in their work and learning
If you want to hear more on evaluating ISNs, click this link to listen to and surf related YouTube videos.
There is a lack of active engagement in our classrooms.
Frequent behavior problems occur during whole group instruction
Students are not remembering information
Students are irresponsible with assignments
Students aren't translating their knowledge across content area
You need a better way to keep
students organized
The Issues
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