I want to inspire you to bring interactive notebooking to your classroom. I have been using similar methods, such as foldables and lapbooking, but am now going to transition for full interactive notebooks. Please join me in my journey and feel free to add any ideas or ask questions.
When using an interactive notebook, students are engaged in the note-taking, plus they are creating a reference book that they will actually use. Students feel pride in these notebooks because THEY created it and THEY understand it. Last school year, my students and I created lapbooks for each unit and the kids took tremendous pride in the appearance of these and they hated when they were missing something. I even had a student ask me for all new materials at the end of a unit, because he wanted to make a neater lapbook that would be easier for him to study...his first attempt was rather sloppy and he knew he could do better. It's life changing to see students taking that much pride in their work.
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.