How to use input and output activities for your interactive notebook classes?
When using instructional techniques for interactive notebooks, it is best to use simple methods. Students engage better when the activities are short with easy to follow directions.
Ensure your students are ready to learn when you give them simple step-by-step instructions. The activities shown here are samples you can use in your own classroom or homeschool group.
You will see how to use Question of the Day and Exit Ticket samples as part of input and output activities. Also, you will notice KWL charts are very versatile educational tools. These tables are used as anchor charts or posters with ideas for all year-long.
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Do you know how students learn the most from the left side activities in their interactive notebooks?
The left side activities of interactive notebooks is sometimes the most hands-on experience for most students. It is also the most fun. On this side, students participate more with their learning.
They are more active in completing questions and offering feedback. Amazingly, students like to collaborate more with each other, as well.
Problem-solving or searching for answers are easier for students with these simple activities. As a matter of fact, interactive notebooks help students not only become active learners but to ask questions as they are learning.
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How to grade interactive notebooks without going insane
Interactive notebook grading systems are important steps in having success throughout the school year. When you have a grading system that is consistent, fair, and easy to follow, it gives students a sense of commitment.
From the very beginning of the school year, make sure you set clear expectations about interactive notebooks. If you want students to use the interactive notebooks as a study tool and reflection, then it is essential to administer a grading system for all your classes.
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