1. Students maintain a cumulative record of all notes.
2. Notes are always at-hand to use as a reference later.
3. Unique shape and composition of various foldables and interactives helps with memory retention.
4. Students interact with their notes, rather than copying and forgetting.
5. Students may include a lot of notes, but it doesn't seem like as much work as traditional note-taking.
6. It's fun for teachers to develop unique foldable templates.
*If you have other pros, please add in the comments below.
1. Frequently absent students may find it troubling to keep up and to build missed pages.
2. More difficult to modify for severe learning impaired students.
3. If the notebook it lost or forgotten frequently, it is not as effective.
*In all honesty, I love notebooking. I would guess 90% of my students also enjoy it. I only experience these cons with the highly unmotivated students who often refuse to do ANYTHING. Some of my students with cognitive delays often need help assembling various pages, and have trouble cutting, pasting, and drawing diagrams. I try to provide copies of my notes to students having trouble keeping up.
I earned my teaching degree in 2007 and was hired immediately. I help students become involved in their learning through many types of interactions. I began using foldables and lap booking 2 years ago and am transitioning to interactive notebooking this year.