I've been wanting to write this post since I started using INBs but then after school was over, I didn't feel like I was 'allowed' to write it until I had finished sharing all of my INB pages from the year. Well that still hasn't happened and here we are so #nobodycares if I am 'allowed' or not.
General overview here:
- Thumbs up
- Using them again
- Better than what I was doing
- Keep reading for more details
Things I Loved
- Student Reaction: "I didn't even know you could do all this stuff to a notebook!"
- Pocket for small pieces that didn't get used yet
- Milkshake straw duck taped to spine as a pencil holder
- Duck tape also helped reinforce spine so two birds, one stone
- Helped me better focus my teaching and notes by thinking about what was necessary for the notebook and the best way to organize that information
- Table of Contents
- Page numbers
- Colorful tabs
- Being able to answer questions like this: "Did you look in your notebook?"
- Highlighters- if the notes were pretty
straightforwardboring, highlighters were a low-prep way to spice it up
- Tiny post-its- this doesn't need explaining
- Not grading them!
- Making copies or taking pictures of my INB for students who were absent
- Notebooks were still slim and neat at the end of the year a.k.a. didn't use the whole notebook
- Bookmark- should have been cooler than it was but I don't think some people know how to use bookmarks *shocker*
- Glue sticks sucked- the glue dried out over time and little pieces fell out but it's a pain to tape a bunch of little individual pieces in the case of sorting, which I LOVE
- I didn't use the right hand pages for processing like I wanted to; too much of a control freak and I don't know if that's as possible or effective for math as it may be for other content
- I mostly gave them the beginning or easiest parts of a concept, then a handout that got more complex; when they looked back in their notebooks, they had nothing helpful. Toward the end of the year I noticed this and figured out that my notes should cover all types of whatever we're doing, not just the easiest
- Related to the previous point, I don't need so many handouts!!! Practice can be games or cards or on the desk if they have all the vitals in their notebook already
- Not one student wanted to keep their notebook at the end of the year; I feel betrayed by other INB enthusiasts. Liars!
- Have a giant test at the end with no review but allowed to use the notebook- now my admin will do it for me since he no longer wants us to review in any kind of way for their End of Course Exam
- Redo the Table of Contents so that the concepts are numbered and grades are easier to track
- Make formula sheets to put in the front that students can refer to through the year (especially for Mental Math Mondays)
- Make a PPT of what every page in the notebook should look like (since I already take pictures of every page) and have students grade each other's notebooks page by page
- Color coordinate pens to each content area's INB.
- Color coordinate all handouts for each unit the same across all content areas.
- Make extra INBs for students who move in
- Laminated graph paper inside the cover
- Save last 18 pages for Would You Rather writings every other week; focus on improving by one MP standard at a time, shows growth over time (had to add one I probably won't do!)
- Actually use the Plickers cards I created and laminated and apparently cut for no reason
I've written this post in my head so many times that it doesn't seem like I covered everything so please feel free to ask any and all questions! I love talking about my ideas!