I have been looking around for a way to make teaching history more exciting and interesting for both myself and my students. As I began to look online at what other teachers have been doing, I came across Interactive Student Notebooks. I can see their application in any subject but for this year, I will be trying it in one particular subject - History.
I teach history in French to a large group of second language learners(3 classes). The history textbooks are most often well above their reading levels which causes frustration, boredom and disengagement. This year with the use of the interactive student notebooks, students will still use the textbook but not in the traditional fashion. I will continue to use the textbook for graphs, diagrams, maps and even the wonderful primary sources which are embedded within it. However, unlike in the past, I vow to not read large sections of the text and ask my students to answer a series of comprehension questions. We will work through the topics together, filling in graphic organizers, foldables and diagrams. Students will reflect on their learning and engage with the curriculum through a large variety of creative tasks.
I have begun to map out what our interactive notebooks will look like but upon suggestions from everyone I am not making one ahead of time. Instead I will make one book with each of my 3 classes and students can follow along while we set up together. Below you'll find the initial pages I will be giving my students. Pages 1, 2 and 3 will be layered on the first page of our books, on the left students will be completing a Give me Five activity later on in the week once we have started using our books. Page 4 is the table of contents which we will be putting on the second page of our books.
I must give credit to http://iisanumber.blogspot.ca/2013/07/interactive-notebook-rubric.html I used her rubric and left page activities as the base for pages 2 and 3 of the document. Also, the inspiration for page 1 came from the internet as well but I cannot find the origin of the file...sorry...if the file looks like your original please let me know I'd love to give credit!
Are you planning on using ISN books? If so for what subjects?