I have decided to do Interactive Notebooks this year for 7th and 8th grade math. So I have been reading many blogs and posts about INB. The amazing blogs Math Equals Love and Everybody is a Genius have been my main reading although there have been many more. Also my great teaching friend Becky over at Sum Math Madness has been amazingly helpful as I start this adventure.
I have been really excited about this adventure, but there have been a couple major sources of stress. First, the process in class of getting these things made in an efficient manner. Second, what goes in the first couple pages?
For the first concern, I created little baskets of materials for each group. They contain things they may need each day as we create materials for the INB. Scissors, tape, glue sticks, markers, colored pencils, and calculators. I found these super cute little baskets at Target for really cheap. I am also going to spray paint some ice cream buckets to use as trash baskets for each group.
For my second concern, I finally got it hammered out last night and created some templates in word to create some basic INB pages. I decided to start with a table of contents, then small individual version of this amazing bulletin board, and finally classroom information.
I have been a big standards-based grader for years now. This has led to my creating a 1-4 rubric for each of the learning targets of the class. This year I cut them down to 24 for each 7th and 8th grade math. So I wanted to figure out a way to include the rubrics in the INB. I am pretty sure I figured out a format to do this pretty efficiently. We will see how it works out. I will probably have to adjust multiple times as I go. I just have to remember that I will not get everything perfect this year.