Thursday, July 31, 2014

Interactive Notebook Linky Party (August 2014)

It's time for another Interactive Notebook Linky Party!  
Are you ready???

Can you believe that it is already August?  Where did the summer go?  I don't know about you, but I have really enjoyed my summer vacation! 

I'm feeling a little conflicted at the moment.  On one hand, I absolutely DO NOT want summer to end!  Then on the other hand, I am REALLY EXCITED about my move to a new school!!! My summer has been a WONDERFUL experience that has left me feeling rejuvenated, refreshed, and ready to tackle another school year! So I say...

And keep in mind...

As the new school year approaches, I'm reflecting on my effectiveness with the implementation of INBs in my classroom. The notebooks that I had my students create last year were fun and cute, but were they an effective learning tool that promoted student growth and achievement? I feel that they were!  Here's what I'm going to do again this year!

1.  Always use a two page spread when teaching an INB lesson.

2.  Make sure to present your students with a purpose/focus using a preview question/Quickwrite on the left side of the spread first.

3.  Then move over to the right side and provided your students with the objective and the information that they need.  Including examples.

4.  Close the lesson with a student try-out on the left side of the spread in the process/activity section.  

5.  ALWAYS provide feedback and assist students with correcting any errors in the process side.  This was very important.  The process activity serves as an exit slip/formative assessment of how well your students grasped the concept.

6.  Don't forget to have your students reflect on their own work as well!  

Since it is summer, I don't have student copies.  These pictures are of my notebooks with my lesson notes, but I thought it was better than nothing at all, and you could at least get the idea.  Please keep in mind that I didn't take the time to color mine and make it all pretty. 

You might recognize the above lesson from Nicole Shelby's 4th Grade Reading Interactive Notebook!    I loved Nicole's lessons!  I used this along with other lessons throughout the year.  I was teaching a 3-4 combo class, so my notebook was a little crazy.

 I'm going to have to make a new INB this school year since I'm only teaching 4th grade, and Florida has decided to rename all their Common Core, {cough, cough} I mean Florida Standards...

I'm still brainstorming ways to incorporate Donalyn Miller's Reader's Notebook and other close reading lessons into my INB!  I'm open to your ideas so LINK UP!!   

If you are just joining this party for the first time you might want to visit Week 1 and check out the great ideas from that party...(CLICK HERE)

Lastly, I've decided to only have this party occur once a month, but the Link will remain open for the month, so feel free to link up as many times as you want during the month of August!  I can't wait to read your posts!  

1 comment:

  1. I love that you have students reflect on their own work. I have my students (who are adults) actually grade their own interactive notebook according to the rubric I provide. The quality of the work is always better when the assess themselves. Thank you for sharing. Teaching Science With Lynda