Okay, I know this post has nothing to do with traveling or the Swanson Family, but I am super excited about something new that I have been trying in my 7th Grade Pre-Algebra class. For the first time, I am using an Interactive Notebook with my students. I got the inspiration for my first couple of pages from Pinterest, you can check out some of what I have pinned here, but then I took off with the idea. I have loved the results and been very pleased with the effort my students have been putting into their notebooks.
Pictures of our Interactive Notebooks in Grade 7
How it works...
I have been printing out the shapes for my students with a few key words or definitions already typed in. I find that this has helped a lot with my low English students because they can spend more time focusing on understanding rather than copying down definitions. Students cut out the shapes, and then use a glue stick to attach them to the left side of their notebooks. Then we go through an fill in all the "blanks" under the flaps and in the open space of the notebook. Notes are restricted to just the right side of the notebook because the left side is reserved for practice problems. This keeps all of the material for that lesson in one place.
As far as vocabulary development goes, my formative assessments are showing an increase in acquisition compared to what this group of students had previously been showing. I think it is because each vocab word or term has a special place and they can quiz themselves over the words more easily. It's much more visually appealing too.
I did not do a table of contents or introductory page or anything like that for this first try simply because I didn't know how it was going to go over. For Spring Semester, we will be starting a new notebook in both grades 6 and 7 complete with all the interactive notebook trimmings.
I love these notebooks! In fact, I love them almost as much as I loved "flipping" my Algebra 2 and Calculus I classes back in the US. And my students love them too. I have never seen a middle school student take some much pride in a notebooks. Very fun to see!