I have always liked the idea of students creating a book of knowledge that they can take with them to their next math class. I liked the idea that they could go back and refer to their notes, or look over examples of their own work.
I have never been successful in the production, however.
When I started following some wonderful, inspiring people on Twitter, I learnerd about these interactive notebooks. Here is a great post about INB:
Interactive notebooks from @mgolding. Her posts are what started me on this path.
That led me to this blog:
The $1 textbook.html from @ultrarawr. After looking at the pics, I realized I was already doing some of the things in this format.
Interactive Notebook Planning Page from @mathequalslove gave me a great planning sheet for my INB
AND some great ideas to start my own Order of operations-pemdas foldable
I found this wiki after #tmc12 (PD held by teachers for teachers-unfortunatly I was not able to attend)
Interactive Notebooks Like A Pro
This wiki helped me understand the why's of Left Hand Side (LHS) vs. Right Hand Side (RHS) It is important to grasp the idea behind the INB. Here is some great brain research info from the wiki above that helped me understand why it was important to be specific about what items and info goes on the LHS.
Why Use Interactive Student Notebooks as a Form of Brain-Based Teaching
I would recommend taking the Hemispheric Dominance Quiz quiz to see which side of your brain is more dominant. I plan on having my students take this quiz as well, so they can understand characteristics in their own thinking and learning.
All that being said, here is a rough sketch of my "flow" for my INB.
Here are some of the reasons for my set up:
1 - I hate random loose leaf paper. So I want homework contained - and I don't like sprial notebooks as it lends itself to tearing pages out. I am a comp notebook girl all the way (plus they are so cute)
2 - My school has requirements about Math Routines. We MUST have a warm up (Bell Ringer in our case) and I use it as a review from previous lesson.
3 - I teach in a Title 1 school, and my students don't have access to some basic school supplies. I felt that requiring 2 to 3 comp notebooks for the year wouldn't be too much of a burden on my students' families.