Today will be my first in a series on creating, setting up, using, and grading an Interactive Student Notebook in a middle school Language Arts classroom! I'm hoping to post once a week about this topic, as I go through the process again with my own students!
The first thing you need to do is gather your supplies.
I suggest a Mead Five Star Five Subject Notebook in whichever color you prefer. The sturdy cover and ring makes sure it stays together all year.
You will need glue, lots and lots and lots of glue. I highly recommend asking your students to have two bottles of glue for their own use throughout the year.
Student Supply List:
5 Subject Notebook with Sturdy Cover
2 Bottles of Glue
Art Supplies (scissors, crayons, markers, colored pencils)
This is your chance to create your own set of guidelines and information for students and parents about the ISN. What will yours look like? Will it be left side- student, right side- teacher, flip flopped, completely different? Use the internet to find models (Kelly Gallagher says to always have a model for writing!) and craft your own to suit your needs! Hint: Go to Pinterest. Type Interactive Student Notebooks. Prepare to lose 5 hours of your life. :)
No matter what, you should have an explanation of what it is, how it will be used, how it should function, and the incredible IMPORTANCE of the notebook. It should be stressed very clearly that, no matter what, they should NEVER lose their ISN!
This is also the time to decide how you are grading the notebook. I am grading the notebook on a 10:2 basis. For every ten assignments, they choose one, and I choose one. I don't count it for a grade, but it goes in the grade book towards their effort grade. More info on that from my grading post yesterday!
Also, I highly recommend that you actually spend a class period decorating notebooks, no matter how frivolous it may seem. Provide materials for students who don't have them at home. This gives them ownership of the notebooks, and helps them develop a "relationship" with them, lol.
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