Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Jumping On the Interactive Notebook Bandwagon

Perusing pinterest, teachers pay teachers, and lots of different blogs has led me to the conclusion that interactive notebooks are all the current rage.  But, are they right for me and my students?  Will high school honors students like cutting, pasting, and having things sticking out of their notebooks?  In addition, I can tell you right now even though I have been teaching Geometry Honors for (quite literally) 22 years (x3 classes per day most years) I am not organized enough to be able to make a table of contents with every possible thing I would want the students to put into their notebook.  I also am not quite sure that I can grade them...and by the way, how do I want to grade them???

But, they interest me quite a bit!  So, I am thinking that I will give at least some aspects of the interactive notebook a try this year.

I am thinking of things to try putting into an interactive notebook, and one of the first things that comes to mind is my calculus students.  I try to drill the convenient values into their heads...but their noggins are tough, and they just don't want to remember them!

So, here is a look at my first try at a "flippable."

What do you think?  What types of "flippables" do you use in your middle or high school classroom?

Have a great day!


  1. I struggle with students remembering vocabulary and basic formulas. One thing that I have done for the last several years are memory quizzes almost every Friday. Most weeks they get 8 new vocabulary words/formulas. Once something has been given to the students as something that could be on the test, it could appear on a memory quiz at any other time of the year. Something that was given at the beginning of the year will still show up on things at the end of the year. The quizzes are short, no longer than 25 questions, and are timed. Anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Each word or formula is worth 1 point. It is a great way to motivate students to memorize. I have also put the perfect squares up to 16 and perfect cubes up to 5 on memory quizzes as well. These things that you have in your flippables would work on a memory quiz.

    1. Thanks for the great idea!

      That would be especially great for things I expect AP students to just remember and not have to sit and try to figure out all the time.

  2. this is great!!! I love foldables, flippables, whatever you call it.

    I have lots on my blog!
    Hodges Herald

    1. Thanks Elizabeth, I will definitely check out your blog!

  3. Yay! Another high school math teacher blog! :-D I will be starting Interactive Notebooks this year as well. I'm extremely excited, but am getting a little anxious as it is about to become a reality rather than just the planning stages. I have pinned a ton of foldables on Pinterest. I've always used them, but never had a way of having the students organize them in my notebook.

    I haven't planned out every page yet, but have a solid plan for the structure of the notebooks. I teach 8th Grade Math, Algebra I, and Geometry A so I will definitely follow your blog for ideas.