If you are like me, you need facts to support the choices you make in the classroom. While I struggled to find a lot of sound research on the topic of interactive notebooks, this theoretical paper really does a great job covering the advantages and disadvantages of their use. The research concludes that interactive notebooks will in fact increase student learning and achievement which made my choice of using them with my students a whole lot easier!
This resource was a lifesaver, and it was free! After realizing how disorganized my eighth grade students were, I downloaded this resource to help manage the chaos. Boy, did it help them go a long way in getting set up for success. My only recommendation is downloading this before you even begin to prep your interactive notebooks as it will save you a lot of time and stress.
I absolutely love this video; and I know you will too, because it is entertaining and fun to watch. What I appreciated about this video was that it applies to all grade levels and ages. One of the most important takeaways from this video for me was the section on proper supplies, as I found a lot of information on this topic during my research, and she really narrowed everything down for me.
Interactive journals are not just for young students. Just check out this video if you have any doubts, like I previously did, about incorporating these in your secondary classrooms. This video really touched on a lot of the issues and concerns I had when starting to plan my own interactive journals, and I utilized her suggestions on integrating notebooks into classroom procedures along with her helpful homework policy.
If you want to do interactive journals the right way, it can take a lot of planning. Planning time that I didn't have as a first year teacher. Thankfully, I stumbled across these incredibly put together journals. They literally include everything you need - and more! The price is worth these detailed and put together products.