This year-long teaching strategy provides solutions to many of the problems faced by secondary teachers:
* "My students don't see the connection between good organizing and learning."
* "My students don't feel responsible for their learning."
* "My students record information during class, but never review that information."
* "Assessing work of short duration or of formative value takes more of my time than it should."
* "I'd like to be able to give students an alternative way to demonstrate their learning when traditional tests are not adequate."
* " I'd like to see my students authentically engaged in the learning process and take pride in their work."
Included in this product is an introduction to the Interactive Student Notebook with verification of parent notification, a rubric for notebook assessment, and examples of student pages.
I use this strategy with 11th grade U.S. History students, and once discovered, I marveled at its effectiveness for my kids. Make no mistake, the first three weeks taking the time to frequently check individual work, reteach the strategy, and ensure that every student understands that his participation is not optional, is difficult, but the payoff as the year progresses is phenomenal. Not only will you see minds open, and students begin to take pride in their work, but in that potentially confrontational parent conference, arguments die when the portfolio of work is brought out. Best of all, you should see standardized test scores improve.
You will not regret making the commitment to the ISN this school year!