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Interactive Notebooks: Left Side, Right Side

Aug 15, 2015 11:05am

This will be my 2nd year using interactive notebooks in my middle school classrooms. I did not use the left side/right side approach last year. My students completed many interactive activities (foldables) or sometimes took notes in the notebooks, but we didn't do the other page where they show what they learned. I guess I figured they were showing what they learned with the interactive activities we did, through worksheets, and through graded writing. I've read where some teachers don't do the left side, right side approach, but the more I read about it, the more I feel I am doing a disservice to my students by implementing the notebooks incorrectly. I've considered continuing the way I am, but sometimes adding in a reflection page to show what they've learned (although it wouldn't follow the left side, right side approach). I have not had any training on these notebooks, so I was wondering if this would do more harm than good in the way they are learning and remembering information. Ideas? Comments? Advice?

  • English Language Arts / Other
  • 6-9
  • Class Culture / Planning


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