Interactive Notebooks in the TPRS classroom: Set-up

I got lots of ideas this morning from this great tutorial. But most of the ideas I got came from Señorita Barragán’s fantastic blog. ¡Mil gracias, Señorita!

If you are going to use Interactive Notebooks, please note, you can make them as simple as you want. …I just went off the rails on the crazy train. The tutorial does a great job explaining the main points of an Interactive Notebook.

The handouts are slightly bigger than the notebook. You can decide if you would prefer students to trim the edges or fold the paper. I’m going to have them trim these pages. Scissors and tape/glue will be required materials for my class.

Here is how my students will set up their Interactive Notebooks.

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Step 2: Students will tape or glue the notebook check rubric to the inside cover of their notebook. Each quarter, I will grade them based on this rubric. It will be worth 10% of their grade. They will write their name and school year and any designs they please on the front page, and they will glue or tape the Table of contents. Then, number the pages.

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Step 3. Add the Class Information and Student/Teacher Checklist on page 2. The Student Checklist and Teacher Checklist came from some Ben Slavic freebies. Add entering and exiting procedures on page 3. These are my non-negotiable procedures. No matter what any 8th graders say or do.

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Step 4: Add Tips for SSR and Tips for Timed Writing. Credit for this document is given to Señorita Barragán. Then I created a document about how students should participate in a TPRS classroom. I will be monitoring their participation with Daily Engagement Assessment. This is just an adaptation of this amazing blogpost.

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Step 5: I am pretty excited about this document I made. I stole the idea from our ELL training. 😉 Free free to adapt it to your own classroom. It is just a way for students to have different partners throughout the semester. Encuentra tu compañero/find your partner.Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 8.54.10 AM

Step 6: Finally, on page 8, we will get to the basics of Ins, Throughs and Outs.

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Later in the semester, students will create their writing portfolio in the back of their notebook to collect and track their writing progress. More on that later. ¡Chau!


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