So...before our CAMT presentation, Reagan (@ Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits) and I met at Starbucks to plan out what we were going to say, we were both nervous. Like most times teachers get together, we talked more about our plans for the upcoming year than our presentation. Reagan mentioned that she had created an interactive notebook to use as her kids arrived in the morning. You know...that time when kids are slowly trickling in and you can't really teach anything because you have a million things to do...attendance, lunch count, announcements, checking take-home folders, and breakfast
When I began creating our notebook, I thought about how I would implement it. I am pretty organized
some call it anal. I organized mine by color-coding the days don't laugh now
(Monday = Pink, Tuesday = Yellow, Wednesday = Orange, Thursday = Green, and Friday = White).
I put the skills that I know kids continue to struggle with well into middle school
(Place Value, Patterns, Fractions, Coins, Input/Output, Time, Graphing, etc.).
I always hate having to try to draw fractions with equal parts
and I am a pretty good artist
Therefore, I included many various graphics for fractions (pizzas, candy bars, and citrus fruit)
The best part is that I don't have to run off weekly copies. Once the binders are made, students use expo markers and we can use them all year. I can change out any skills that my kids have mastered and continue to review those tricky ones.
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