So…I was hurrying through Walmart yesterday and ran into a friend from work. She had a cart FULL of school supplies….glue, markers, notebooks….I love school supplies, so I felt a little sparkle just looking at them. If I’d had more time, I would have backtracked and bought some of my own school supplies!
We caught up on the happenings of our summer and parted ways.
Two little words stuck in my head the rest of the day: “Interactive Notebooks”
By late last night I had pinned several sample pages and was basically convinced that this is the path I need to take this year.
(Remember, I am teaching the same students for the 2nd of 3 years in a row, so I need new material and strategies.)
Last night Ian texted me and asked me what I was doing, “Ummm, I am researching interactive notebooks online. I’m a nerd.”
“No you’re not, Mom.” (Thanks buddy, but yeah, I am.)
This morning I ran out and bought my .29 cent spiral notebooks (although I may consider some other options – not a big deal considering the price and that we can always use paper.)
I spent some more time today researching and looking at sample notebooks. I found a great set of foldables/graphic organizers (with activity descriptions and teacher instructions) on Teachers Pay Teachers (click here to go to her blog, I’m Lovin Lit) Usually, I would refuse to spend money on something I could make on my own.
However, for $12.00, I felt it was totally worth it. School starts in THREE weeks and my calendar is jam-packed. And the content looks really good. I hit the PayPal button.
If only I had some INK in my printer so I could print out some pages and start my notebook. (Isn’t it funny? Kids always say, “My printer was out of ink” and we think, “Yeah, likely story.” It IS a legitimate excuse!)
I am so excited to find ways to mesh the interactive notebooks and my iPads. My students sometimes have difficulty with neatness, creativity, and drawing in general, but I think we can paste in some of our iPad work and I can make some very real connections.
I love when I get this excited about something. This is what it’s all about for me.
I just sent a text to my friend who planted the seed…
“Interactive notebooks???? Really???? Why did you have to tell me???? Why??? I am obsessed!”
And she replied:
“Lol!!! You crack me up! But now that I think about it INB’s are totally your style!!! :)”
21 days until the first day of school…
What are YOU excited about?