These are all things you can do BEFORE school starts to make sure you’re prepared. When students see that you know what you’re doing, they know you mean business! Here are my Top 4 Tips to get prepared for using Interactive Notebooks.
#1 Organize students’ notebooks by group using sturdy baskets.
Last year, I had 3 classes with 5 groups each, so I had 15 baskets. If you’re self-contained you may only need 5-6 baskets. Basically, have some baskets. If one member of each team is responsible for getting the baskets out, then you don’t waste time during class passing out and collecting notebooks.
#2 Prepare student materials.
Students are going to needs scissors, glue, and colored pencils. Make sure you have a way to organize those things and make keeping it clean and stocked a job for a member of each team. Each table is going to need a tiny trash can for scraps (you’ll thank me later!). Emptying the trash can be another team member job.
#3 Set up reference posters in your class.
Decide what’s important for interactive notebooks. Maybe it’s the ABCD Diagram Model. Maybe it’s visual rubrics. Whatever you want students to reference to increase the quality of work in notebooks needs to be visible in your classroom.
I’ve linked up with other upper elementary teachers to bring you some great back to school tips!