Interactive Notebooks: Tips and Tricks

Today, I want to share with you some of the tips and tricks to use interactive notebooks in your classroom.

I learn something new every year, so I'm going to impart that knowledge to you.  I've got ten suggestions that will help you out, so let's get started.

Interactive Notebooks: Setup

Can I just say how much I love interactive notebooks? If you haven't jumped on the bandwagon, you're missing out! There are so many positives to interactive notebooks: it's a student portfolio, it's perfect for parent teacher conferences, it's engaging, it becomes a big personalized reference book, no need to hand back loose papers that end up in the floor, assignments don't get lost, and so on and so on. I could go on for days.

Our interactive notebooks are divided into 9 sections: personal, skills, content, article of the week, reading responses, literature, writing, vocabulary, and grammar. I know that seems like a lot, but after using theses notebooks for three years, this is what works best for me and my students. We set these up on the first day of school, but there's a lot of work that I have to get done before these are ready for my students.