I’ve noticed a lot of traffic on my site lately has been about Interactive Notebooks. Since that’s the case, I’m tossing out a post about something I’m doing differently this year regarding my notebooks. In the past, I have set up my notebooks for students to learn science “hook, line, and sinker.” What did this mean in practice in the notebook?:
- Hooks – The final section of students 5 subject notebook was set aside for Hooks. These are introductory activities that either review previous material, or preview the day’s material. I had students divide their pages in half, giving them four blocks across a two page spread. Hooks were only assigned Mon-Thurs. with Friday being reserved for reviewing material, getting information from absences, etc.
- Lines – These were right hand pages for class activities. These could have been for class notes, hand-outs, lab procedures, etc. Lines were the most structured of the activities we completed in class.
- Sinkers – These were the student selected activities for processing their Lines. These were done on left hand pages to give students a two page spread for their daily learning.
Pros: Dedicated section for introductory activities. Highly organized. Full pages for class information and student processing.
Cons: Left/Right orientation confusing for some students. Monday – Thursday doesn’t work well for shortened school weeks. Difficult to connect initial conception with class activities and final understanding. Important information occasionally “lost” in Hooks section.
- All student work occurs on two-page spreads.
- In – Top of left hand page, serves same purpose as Hook activities above
- Through – Serves same purpose as Lines above
- Out – Serves same purpose as Sinkers, completed on left hand page below the “In” activity
Pros: Allows students to easily compare their initial conception of a topic to their eventual understanding.
Cons: Limited space for responses on both “In” and “Out” activities.
This year, I’ll be giving the In, Through, Out set-up a run through. I love the idea of my students being able to see the changes in their thinking easily. I think the limited space will be an adjustment, but can easily be overcome with some experience. This also will help prevent me feeling the need to have a “Hook” question every Mon-Thurs, despite their being lab days where we aren’t initially in the notebook. Anyone out there have other strategies than these two??