Interactive Notebook Rubric Examples

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Back in the day, the teacher wrote notes on the board and we dutifully copied them into our notebooks. Interaction? No thank you. These days, we like students to be creative, independent and critical thinkers. Using interactive notebooks allows children to record the information they need and express their understandings in unique ways.

What are Interactive Notebooks?

Interactive Notebooks (IN) are also often referred to as Interactive Student Notebooks (ISN). They are used in the traditional way, as a place for students to collect class information, but with a super attractive twist - they require kids to engage with the material in a tactile, imaginative way. Teachers are an important part of the creation of INs, and because of this, there are as many ways to use INs as there are classrooms. There are, though, a few things common to all users.

  • Interactive Notebooks have an arts/crafts/creative feel. Walk into the first five minutes of a class that uses INs and you may feel like you're at summer camp. There's a lot of cutting, gluing, taping and coloring going on! This is because INs focus less on the student writing notes and more on the student understanding them. So, teachers typically prepare a graphic organizer, definition page, etc., and instruct students how to cut, glue, color code, add additional information and interact with the 'notes.' Sound like fun? Kids think so, too.
  • Interactive Notebooks are intentional. Teachers use INs with a specific purpose in mind; notes, organizers, pictures, or any piece of information felt necessary to spark learning. They are not a place to tape worksheets, or a storage system for random work.
  • Students should pride themselves on, and rely on, their notebooks. If INs are used properly, the time and effort kids are putting into their notebooks should encourage a sense of ownership. Many students keep their INs well after the semester is over, both as a reference point and as a badge of honor.
  • Notebooks need to be monitored. The teacher has an important role in the intentional creating and monitoring of the notebook. Most teaches develop some type of grading system to keep students accountable. A rubric is a popular choice as an objective grading measurement.

What is a Rubric, and Why Do I Need One?

In education, a rubric is a simple tool teachers use to identify assignment standards and differing levels of completion of these standards. Rubrics are set up in a grid-like format with criteria running on one side and grading measurement on the other, though they may be simple scoring guides used every day. They are intended to be objective; teachers view the criteria, look closely at student work and choose the correct level of completion.

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