Like the title says, I'm looking for some advice. I have a new student joining my class tomorrow (or really, probably not until next Wednesday because the student had the bad timing of registering in the middle of state testing and he will have to take the tests for the next four school days). In any case, he's the first new student I've gotten all year and with this being my first year of implementing Interactive Notebooks, I have no idea how I want to handle it. I see the following options:
1. Give the student a composition book, have a place for a table of contents, guidelines, and rubrics, and then start his pages with whatever number we're on immediately thereafter.
2. Give the student a notebook that I spend hours assembling with the papers that I dig out of files so that his notebook is identical to those of students who have been with me since August.
3. Give the student a notebook with selected pages that I think would be most helpful (without actually knowing anything about this student's academic progress) and then pick up with the rest of the class. This would probably include a few reference pages on overarching topics and the most recent things we've worked on.
If we were back in September or maybe even October, option 1 would be my first choice. Given that we're something like 55 pages into the notebook, I cannot see how it would be practical to do #2 but when I say, "Refer to page 25 for slope-intercept form," I can't very well have this student without a resource.
What would you do? I would love to hear your ideas, even if you haven't gone through this particular situation before. I know what I'm leaning toward, but I'm also more than a bit conflicted.