This year, we've had many, many students sign up to take Algebra 1 and far fewer sign up for Geometry, so I'll have only one prep--Algebra. With only half as many lessons to plan and assessments to create and with our school's time-saving adoption of gradecam, this feels like the perfect time to venture outside my comfort zone and give ISNs a try.
So I'm doing it, y'all. And two of my co-workers have agreed to do it, too.
I have a feeling that there will be some frustration and struggle ahead, but I'm hoping that there will also be plenty of engagement and growth for us as well as our students, too. I am beside myself with excitement!
I've included a few links about ISNs below mostly for my own benefit. This is just a start.
- Interactive Notebook Basics and FAQs - Mrs. Gannon is a middle school social studies teacher, but I've found that she answers a lot of the basic questions I have about getting started. She's grouped links of to all of her INB-themed posts, which is super helpful.
- Making Time for INBs - Jennifer Smith-Sloane of 4mulafun has done a really good job of explaining what a typical class day with ISNs looks like. Time-management is one of the things currently making me nervous about doing ISNs this year. She also has a great overview video on YouTube.
- Grading Interactive Notebooks - Jessie Hester doesn't grade her kids' ISNs, but she lists several possible ways to grade them at the end of this post. I also like the way she has students create a glossary/index at the back of their ISNs.
- Interactive Notebooks - Megan Hayes-Golding has a collection of pretty much anything you could want to know about ISNs. Super rich resource.
- Using INBs in the Mathematics Classroom - I also found this 64-page pdf published by the Region 4 Education Service Center (of Texas) helpful. It gives a good overview of ISNs and details on where and how to start. It also includes a list of suggested pages, some printables, and a couple of different rubrics. I like that it is specifically geared towards the math classroom, but it would still be helpful to other content areas as well. It's the only "official" guide to ISNs that I've seen.