Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Interactive Notebook Left Side Assignments
If you're not familiar with interactive notebooks, they're a way to get students to record input information (typically notes from the teacher, often in the form of foldables) on the right side and process that information into a meaningful output (problem sets, etc) on the left. That left side sounded so BORING to me so I searched around for ideas. Cobbled together from assignments I've seen posted around the internet and what I did as a kid, I put together a list of 20 possible Left Side Assignments. I won't give my students choice about which assignment to do every day, but I hope to give them more and more freedom as the year progresses.
We'll glue this page into the notebooks. My plan is to maintain a Table of Contents both in my notebook and on chart paper. I'll note on the chart paper which options they may choose from for the left side.
Do you have any other awesome left side ideas that I should know about?
P.S.- It may be interesting to note that my first experience with interactive notebooks was in my AP US History class. I disliked the class and honestly got very, very little out of the notebooking. I realized several years later that the main reason I didn't get anything out of it (besides my general disinterest in history) was that I wasn't given a firm foundation in how to make good choices about what was worthy of inclusion in my notebook and what was really just a detail that I wasn't responsible for retaining long-term. I'm committed to making the notebooking a purposeful endeavor for my class, so I'll be showing them how to make those good choices and offering feedback for how to do better. My history teacher? He just handed out 110-120% as a grade if you used a lot of color. I know I used 4 or more packs of Crayola markers that year. The causes of the War of 1812? Not so much...