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Interactive Student Notebook Guidelines
Interactive notebooks allow you to record information and process it to improve your level of understanding. As you learn new concepts, you will use several types of writing and graphic techniques to record them. This process will get you to use critical-thinking skills or habits of mind to organize and process new information. As a result, you can become a more creative, more independent thinker and will have a deeper understanding of what you are learning. To create your Interactive notebooks, you must bring these materials to class each day: 1. Your 9 3⁄4 x 7 1⁄2 inch Mead composition book with at least 100 sheets no more than 200 pages. 2. A pen 3. A pencil with an eraser 4.Two felt-tip pens of different colors 5.Two highlighters of different colors These additional materials would be helpful: (Available in limited quantity in room)

1. A variety of colored pens

2. Several more highlighters 3. A small pair of scissors 4. Glue stick and clear tape.

Why do this?

• Writing down lecture notes does not mean that you have learned the new information. • You must actively do something with the new concepts before you really understand it. • Note-taking becomes an active process. • You will organize as you learn. You will record ideas about every activity that you engage in during a unit. You will use organizational techniques such as TOPIC HEADINGS, colored highlights and different writing styles to synthesize concepts. • It gives you permission to be playful and creative in your responses without “messing up” your notes. When you are creative, you will remember more. • It serves as a reminder to me to give you time to absorb ideas as we go. If I see blank left-hand pages that tells me that I am providing too much information without giving you enough time to process the material…or maybe you are not working at your learning! • Bottom line: Your interactive notebook becomes part of your portfolio of what you actually learned.

How to use the interactive notebook: La izquierda ( left side)
Student Directed Subjective information Reorganize new information in creative formats. Express opinions and feelings. Your Homework. You will work out an understanding of the new material by using illustrations, diagrams, flow charts, poetry, matrices, and cartoons. You will have graphic organizers, reflections and pictures. You will review what you have learned and preview what you will learn. Here you will actively do something with the information. You will explore your opinions and clarify your values on controversial issues, wonder about “what if” hypothetical situations, and ask questions about new ideas.

La derecha (right side)
Teacher Directed Objective information Class notes, discussion & reading notes, handouts with new information. Most “testable” information is found here. You should structure your notes so that key ideas and concepts are clear and supported by examples. Here you will write outlines, flowcharts, and other graphic organizers. Notes from lectures or overhead, movie, group discussion or readings. Answers to fact based questions. Content that is similar for everyone.

This side will have Student-Generated Information.

This side will have Teacher- Generated Information.

General Instructions

Although the notebooks emphasize creativity and originality, a few organizational practices should be followed. Therefore, students should: • Record every assignment on “El indice”. Class notes do not need to be listed there. • Begin each assignment entry on a new page with a header that contains: • El titulo (the title) • La fecha de la asignatura ( the date of the assignment) For each unit: • Write the title of the unit on the right side of your notebook. • Find a picture or draw an illustration that represents a theme of the unit. • All notebook pages will be chronological. • All handouts will be glued into your notebook unless I specify otherwise. • Additional ideas to make your notebook visually and graphically appealing:  Use a variety of note taking techniques suggested from note taking handout.i.e. An outline, a matrix, mind maps, etc.  Use color to highlight meaning, not just as decoration, think of an alternative method if you think you may be colorblind.  Exchange notebooks with your friends to get ideas from each other as long as you do not write the same thing on the left side.  Leave blank spaces throughout your notebooks for pasting relevant clipping and cartoons for adding comments when you review for tests.  All homework assignments will be in your notebook

unless I specify otherwise. I will collect the notebooks twice a grading period. I will randomly select 10 of the homework assignments given and check your interactive notebook for the completed assignments. Your grade will be determined by the percentage of homework you’ve completed.

Assessing the Interactive Notebooks
Informal Evaluation I will check notebooks daily in the classroom while you work, for the first couple of weeks so that you get immediate feedback early to determine if you are using the notebooks correctly. I will give comments and suggestions for improvement on your notebook entries. Sometimes I will check an assigned entry at your desk using the following evaluation scale:

0-Incomplete 1-Needs Work 2-Average Effort 3-Good Work 4-Excellent

Formal Evaluation I will formally evaluate notebooks every grading period. It will be the same entries for everyone but you will not know in advance which ones will be evaluated. Your interactive notebook is worth 20% of your grade. Don’t Forget, it is very difficult to ‘catch up’ once you fall behind.


1. Students should be current with their notebook entries at all times. I may spot check the notebooks without notice. Students will not receive credit for any entries not up to date. 2. It is your responsibility to obtain class notes and do the left side processing activities when you are absent. This will be treated as part of your make up work for the missed class. 3. All entries are to be numbered and dated. Each entry must be recorded in order regardless of absence or the days activity. 4. A student may only copy another student’s right side to get missed class notes. Other portions of the notebook must be unique unless I specify otherwise. Notebook entries must reflect your personal learning experiences

“ Thirty years from now, it won’t matter what shoes you wore, how your hair looked, or the

clothes you bought. what will matter is what you learned and how you used it.”