I've never graded notebooks. At first, I thought 8th graders could handle their papers. Some can. Others have a paperwork vortex trailing after them like Pigpen's dirt cloud. To make this interactive notebook work, kids have to buy in to making a good notebook AND keeping it up all year. After all, there are no replacements to your unique work.
Complete- Students aren't going to find their notebooks useful if they're missing pages or if pages are only partially filled out. Just like your favorite story wouldn't be the same with a few paragraphs or pages missing, a notebook won't tell the whole story if it's not finished.
Correct- We're talking about math here, people. Math is easy to get wrong; just ask anyone who has forgotten to borrow when subtracting or misplaced a decimal. Math is also easy to fix. Check your work, find your errors, and correct them. Mission accomplished.
Considered- A big part of the Interactive Notebook is the left side where students interact with the material in their own way. They must consider the lessons and offer their interpretation of the lesson through problem sets, journaling, study aids, illustrations, and the like. See my post here for an updated list of 22 such assignments.
I'd love some feedback on this rubric. Am I missing anything that you would consider vital? My goal is to be able to check a notebook in just a couple of minutes, so I wanted something quick. I'll spot-check pages we did together and read through the left sides. There's one large rubric that explains everything and a dozen mini rubrics that only list point values.
Do you grade notebooks? If so, what's your favorite method? If not, why not?