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Guidelines for Interactive Student Notebooks

Introduction: The purpose of this interactive notebook is to enable you to be a creative, independent thinker and writer. Interactive notebooks will be used for class notes as well as for other activities where you will be asked to express your own ideas and process the information presented by this class. Notebooks will be organized in this way:
 
 

Left Side
Students Process New Ideas
Reorganize new info into creative formats
Express opinions and feelings
Explore new ideas
Right Side
Teacher Provides New Info
Class notes
Discussion notes
Reading notes
Handouts with new info

Materials:
Spiral notebook
Colored pens or pencils
Highlighters
Gluestick
Folder (for handouts and assignments not done in the notebook)
Extra Credit "Time Out" activities: You paste related magazine or newspaper articles, pictures, or cartoons into your notebook along with a three to four sentence summary of the material being added. A "Time Out" activity might also include original drawings. "Time Out" activities can be included on either the Right or Left side of the notebook. Use "Time Outs" to sharpen the visual appearance of your notebook, not to clutter it!

Grading: Notebooks will be collected and graded about every 2 to 4 weeks. Notebooks will be graded on thoroughness, quality, organization, and visual appeal. Students will know the value of each major notebook assignment when it is given. Students are responsible for obtaining notebook assignments when absent.


Notebook Evaluation Sheet


Directions: Before turning in your notebook, grade yourself on your assignments. Grade yourself fairly and honestly; I will grade you as well. Keep in mind that my grade is binding, but if there is a discrepancy, you may politely arrange a time to meet and discuss the difference in assessment. After we meet, I reserve the right to change the grade if I made an error in judgement; however, I also reserve the right to stick to my original grade.
                                        Student               Teacher
                                         Evaluation            Evaluation

Quality and Completeness
All class notes and right-side work are completed and of high
quality, even for days when you are absent
All left-side work is completed and of high quality
20            25            30            35            40            45
Needs Improvement        Fair      Good    Excellent
 
 

Visual Appearance and Organization
Left and right- side work is organized and neat
Effective highlighting and use of color
20            25            30            35            40            45
Needs Improvement        Fair      Good    Excellent

Extra Credit
Newspaper cutouts, drawings, graphics, or unassigned projects
Other items
20            25            30            35            40            45
Needs Improvement        Fair      Good    Excellent
 

Student Comments:                                             Total:
 
 

Teacher Comments:
 
 

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