As another school year has started (yes, a while ago, but I’ve been delayed in posting), I am finally full swing into the math curriculum. I brought back my interactive math notebooks from last year, but this year I am hoping to do them ten times better! I received money from a Donors Choose grant to buy the composition notebooks, so I could make sure every student had their own notebook. Given the feedback from last year and countless hours I spent on Pinterest, I’ve gotten off to a good start this year. The first aspect I wanted to improve from last year was the organization of the notebook. There are many ways to organize your interactive notebook, but here’s how I’ve set them up, and so far it is working well:
One of the students’ first assignments was to decorate their cover. This makes each notebook more personal, and it is fun to see the students’ personalities shine.
The Inside Cover
Here’s where I had students put notebook rules. I found this on Pinterest and really liked it, so I adopted it new this year. It helped set the tone of how I wanted the notebook to be used.
The Doodle Page
I told students to leave the first page blank. It is like a cover page, but I also call it the ‘Doodle Page’. If they have a desire to doodle, they must do it here. The rest of the notebook is dedicated to math.
The Table of Contents
Here they put the page number and content of everything we do, and we update it with each new page we create. I had the students leave four full pages (eight front and back) for the table of contents. Hopefully that will be enough. Some students are very good about updating their Table of Contents. Some are not, but I struggle with how much time to take following up with the ones who forget. Usually at the end of an investigation, I give them a few minutes to make sure everything is updated, and this has helped.