I will never forgot the day I came across the idea of students recording independent practice into notebooks, or what some may call Interactive Notebooks. I was teaching in England, many years ago. I didn’t understand it at first, but once I did...monitoring children’s learning methods and progress were forever changed! The organization, the accountability and pride students had for their work: it was actually remarkable.
After teaching in Australia and observing yet another country use this effective data collection system, I knew I had to share this idea with other educators. This type of interactive notebook promotes higher order thinking skills, rather than menial fill in the blank worksheets. It’s not about folding, coloring, etc. It’s simple, meaningful practice for your students-this is what I want to share with you.