Friday, April 20, 2012

Virtual Teaching Expo Question and Answer


Thanks to everyone who attended the Everything  Intermediate Virtual Teaching Expo this morning! 
You can still purchase a ticket and view it at your own convenience by signing up through this link
I recommend doing it before April 22nd so you can access the free goodie bag


If you have any questions, ideas, suggestions about my presentation & the Interactive Student Notebook, 
 please feel free to ask! I will answer them as quickly as possible!

Which ISN strategy did you like best? Why?

I'd LOVE for you to leave your feedback for the presentation, share pictures of your own ISN entries,and hear from you how you use or plan this strategy in your classroom.

Trouble downloading my digital download? Send an email to Support@VirtualTeachingExpo.com
I hope you enjoyed the freebie & are ready to go!!!!
Here is a link to my Interactive Student Notebook posts. 


EXCLUSIVE EXPO OFFER!!!!!
Today only I am making my Interactive Student Notebook Packet with over 100 templates for both the right & left sides. The packt regularly goes for $14.99
and today for all of you who took part of this presentation I'm discounting it for only $9.99
(click the image above to get to my TN store to purchase this product)

Thank you for tuning in today and for joining us at the Intermediate Teaching Expo.

39 comments:

  1. Great presentation. I am really interested in implementing the interactive student notebook in a couple of my classes next year. I tried clicking on the photo above and it did not link to your teacher's notebook page. Thanks. Maria

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    1. Thank you Maria!!! The link is now fixed. You can grab the file from my TN store.
      I'd love to know how you plan to incorporate (which subject(s) and in what capacity)
      Which strategy did you like best?

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    2. It's working now! I downloaded to book. Lots of great worksheets to use. I was planning on incorporating the interactive notebook into Grade 7 and 8 Canadian History and then I was thinking of tackling math. After watching your presentation, I realized there is so much more I could be doing in Language and the notebooks would work there too. I think I will start with History as that is where I feel the need for student engagement is highest. We'll see where that takes me. Thanks again for a great resource.

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  2. Mor, You are overflowing with creative ideas! I did not even know what an interactive notebook was before I viewed your presentation and now I can't wait to create one with my kids! Thank you for all you do to help encourage others and help us to become better teachers!

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  3. Love all the wonderful ideas Mor!!! I too had never heard of Interactive Notebooks until watching this! I love all the note taking ideas. I was never taught how to take notes and I think it is a super important skill for students!

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  4. Thanks for the wonderful presentation Mor. I really want to try something different with my Language Arts next year. I love the idea of having kids more actively engaged in the lessons. I teach Grade 7 Math, LA, Health and Social Studies. I'd like to tackle LA first. I have a few questions still (lots actually;) Do you have students do ALL of their LA work in that one notebook? For instance, assignments? Story writing? Etc. My students are finishing up a story now, for instance. We were working on basic elements of narrative. I understand that the notes would be on one side of their book and their reflection about what those terms mean on the other (plot, conflict, characters etc) for example. But, if the next step is to have them write - is that going straight into the notebook as well? Or, do you have something separate for writing? What if you were reading a novel and students were answering questions and doing vocab work based on the novel - does that all go in as well? You'd said that you don't take the books home to grade them. I'm just not sure how I'd ever get to read all of their work, stories, assignments, non-fiction pieces etc if I didn't take them home at some point to read. Please help me to understand. I'm REALLY keen on trying something different for next year in my LA class and I think this may be it. I just want more info!!!

    Thanks,
    Krystal

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    1. Thanks Krystal!!! I'm so glad you found the presentation informative. I use it for LA myself and plan on implementing it next year in Science & Social Studies.

      The solution is actually quite simple.

      I divide up the notebook/binder into sections. Section 1 is for mini lessons, Section 2 for Reading Response, Section 3 for Independent Work (here is where the kids can put in their centers work, write their own stories, etc.) Does that help? They can take the notes in section 1 but write their story in section 3. Each section has it's own cover page & table of contents.

      No, I don't take it home because it can get overwhelming. I meet with 2-3 students a day for a mini conference and go over their notebook with them. If I don't finish it during the conference I either do it during my planning or carry it over to the next day. They never know who's turn it's going to be (I like to keep them on their toes). They also do a lot of think-pair-share with their study buddies and peer evaluation.
      As they work on an entry, I walk around the room with a check list to observe how they're doing. As I do so, I stop by each kid and check up on them.

      Does that help? I'm happy to answer any other questions that you may have!

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  5. That does help, Mor, thanks! I just had their stories pictured as being layered and it just didn't make sense to me. This makes more sense. Can I pick your brain about something else? There is no set "spelling" program for my grade - 7. However, spelling is really one of their weaknesses. Perhaps there's a relation here? Anyhow, how do you incorporate things like spelling into your LA program? I've been struggling with this one, because I do not simply want to give words in isolation and tell them to learn them. Yes, there are suggested vocab words in our LA themes and I pull words from our novel studies - however, I still find this sort of unsatisfactory. Here are 8 random words that have to do with fear because our theme is fear - learn them. Just doesn't sit right. I've been playing around with some different strategies and I have found some that work - but I still don't have it organized into my overall LA plan yet. Oh, did I mention that I'm just finishing up my first year with a new LA resource? Maybe that has something to do with it;) It takes so much time to get through a program the first time around. At least next year, I will have been through the material once. That's why I've been thinking that I'd like a better way to organize the students. Another question; you teach middle school. Perhaps you've run into somewhat disorganized, or careless students? Maybe? Or maybe it's just me:) What would your best tip be for those students who barely get themselves to class, let alone keep track of their notebook? I know that a big part is really establishing at the beginning of the year the importance of it and the responsibility piece. Have you ever had students who didn't hold up their end? Lost it? Forgot it home etc.? I realize that it's a problem whether I use an interactive notebook or a regualr LA scribbler. However, so much more time and effort would be put into those notebooks! I would just be worried about something happening to them. Especially for assessment purposes. Any tips for how to make sure that they're in class every day?

    Krystal

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    1. Krystal, one option is to have students leave their notebooks in class, this way they never take them home or loose them. From my experience it is rare that a student looses their ISN because they take so much pride in it and because they know that if they loose it or something happens to it I EXPECT them to start ALL OVER!!!
      They know they'll have to sit down and recopy every single lesson and reflect all over again. From fear that I'll make them do that no one looses it. As for spelling... that's a tough one. In the 7th grade they should know the basics (or so I hope). Maybe you can pick out words from your novel studies that way it ties in with the books you are reading.

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  6. Mor -

    Thank you so much for today's presentation. I have never heard of an interactive notebook but have been working on creating one for use with my students after my son was diagnosed with brain trauma. He needed a way to reflect on what he learned to help his brain process it so he could move onto the next item. By trying to help him, I became very intrigued by whole brain strategies and thus started creating a way to implement. The interactive notebook is exactly what I have been trying to do just didn't know it!

    Do you think it would be possible/prudent to create one for each subject taught or would that simply become "too much" for the student?

    Thanks for all your incite and help! I am off to go shopping. =)

    Misty
    Think, Wonder, & Teach

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    1. Thank you Misty!!! I absolutely think that you can use it for every subject! I will be doing it myself next year when I go back down to elementary and teach all subjects. You can't imagine the pride my kids take in their notebooks. They didn't even want to give them to me to take pictures of in case I don't return it to them. My now high schoolers always send me emails and texts telling me their notebook save them through high school English. If you have any questions don't hesitate to come back and talk to me!

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  7. Awesome presentation! I use an interactive notebook for Science and Social Studies but I will definitely use INS for all subjects next year. Thanks for the inspiration and fabulous presentation!
    ~Lorraine
    Fabulous 4th Grade Froggies

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    1. Thanks Lorraine!!!! I appreciate it :) you always brighten my day!

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  8. So much can be accomplished with using this tool. I agree with Brian that learning to take notes (you know, like on what is being said, your thoughts/connections... not just what is being written up on a projector screen) is a huge component of being a successful learner. I was often asked in college why my notes always looked so different than everyone else's and to be honest theirs weren't helpful. But it was because they took notes from someone else but hadn't compiled, reflected sorted out any of the content. Not sure where I learned it, but I greatly understand the value! Thank you for your work at breaking it down and sharing the activities section - love to see application!

    And p.s. I learned a lot from reading Krystal's question and your answer thanks!

    My question is, do you see strengths appear in your students that you didn't know you had? And secondly, what recommendations do you have for differentiating using an ISN? I think it lends itself perfectly to meeting all levels of student needs, but wanted to see if you had any tips to take away!

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    1. Thanks Leslie!!!! I have discovered so many "hidden" talents in my students through this notebook!!!
      Kids don't get too many opportunities to express themselves in school and this lets them do it.
      In the packet that I'm now selling and you can see it from the teaser too, you'll see that I offered lots of different strategies. I use those mainly in the first quarter to introduce the kids to a variety of options.
      But from late Nov. on I give the kids free choice and that's when the greatest entries come in! I learned so many new strategies from them. They take so much pride in their work too. Every so often I ask for a specific strategy depending on the topic that I cover, but 95% of the time it's free choice.

      As for differentiation, my favorite part about using the notebook is that it's the perfect opportunity to engage all learning modalities & multiple intelligences! As I give them the notes for the right side the auditory kids are engaged. (to differentiate for ESE/ESL I give them a printed copy of the notes since I type them up for myself anyway.) I also project the lesson on the board and so my visual learners are engaged. As you mark up the paper with the color pencils, color code them, box them, underline, circle, and make questions, both the visual and tactile students are engaged.
      In the left side, all the multiple intelligences come out!!!!

      One of the reasons that I now incorporate the concept of notebooking into the right side of the notebook is to expose them to a variety of note taking strategies, so they can figure out which style fits them best.

      I love your questions!!!! Hope this shed some light on them :)

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  9. My first question sounded funny- I meant, do you see strengths appear in your students that you wouldn't most likely have seen if you had taught without using an ISN?

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  10. Wonderful presentation, Mor! I've been using Interactive Notebooks for a couple of years now in science, but after seeing all that you do with yours I know that I can make mine even more effective. I love the layering ideas...A LOT! I am just wondering if you have the kids use tape, glue, etc? I had mine start with glue sticks, but then went through 120 during the first quarter alone. This still seems to be one management issue that continues to be a thorn for me. White glue is messy and I only have 2 tape dispensers. Also, I was wondering if the kids trim all of the notes. I've had mine typically fold full pages to stick in theirs since a full page doesn't fit, but would like to avoid that since it makes their notebooks fatter faster and it also isn't there staring them in the face. Thanks so much...I loved it!
    ~Jena

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    1. Thank you so much Jena!!! As for the layering... we use a combo of glue sticks & tape. We do go through ALOT of glue sticks, and the notebooks do get pretty thick. I hate liquid glue, it's super messy.
      As for trimming it's not necessary if you get the right size notebook. They need to get the 81/5"x11" Mead, that one is perfect.
      Why don't you try using a binder instead? You won't have to bother with layering too much and glueing.

      Thanks for the feedback!!!! I appreciate it!

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  11. Mor, I'm having trouble viewing the download you provided. WHat type of file is it?

    Thanks,
    Krystal

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    1. Hey Krystal, it's a zipped pdf. file. You need to unzip it. Here's the link to download WinZip. It's free & safe
      http://www.winzip.com/trialpay.htm?sc_cid=go_uk_b_search_wz_brand
      There is no other way to share this file otherwise because its too large for a regular upload.
      If you're having any trouble email me at ATeachersTreasure@gmail.com and I will help you.

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  12. Mor, not sure if I've got the entire download. It extracted a 13 pg PDF. Do I have it all, or is there another file zipped as well?

    Krystal

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    1. Krystal, I think that the file you extracted was just the teaser, but the file you actually purchased has over 100 pages. Send me an email and I'll send you the file again. ATeachersTreasure@gmail.com

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  13. Great presentation - Thank you so much! I am already planning how I can use this with my students next year.

    Heidi Raki of Raki's Rad Resources

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  14. I teach fourth grade (all subjects), and I will definitely be using Interactive Student Notebooks in my classroom next year. I have been searching for a different method other than the traditional binders and can't wait to try your tips. I have used binders for students to keep study notes, etc. in, but students are constantly getting things out of order, losing pages, or having pages fall out. Fourth graders are VERY rough on binders!

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    1. Yey Lori! I'm glad I could help. The ISN made all the difference in my kids' ability to take notes & stay organized. Glad you found the presentation useful!

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  15. Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you!!! That was truly inspiring!!! I already do the three-part binder for our language notes (reading, writing, word work) and we do a lot of reflection ... but I was totally missing the piece that ties it altogether! This is EXACTLY what I was looking for, without even knowing I was looking for it. I'm going to start the right/left side in my math journals this week ... and am so excited for September so I can start them with my language binders as well. (I may even get to all subject areas - I'm THAT inspired). Your presentation was AWESOME, Mor! And please tell your students how very impressed I am with their work - FANTASTIC!!! My poor students - I'm going to "raise the bar" on them AGAIN tomorrow!

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  16. Thanks Jen!!!!!!! You are too kind!!! I'm so glad that you found some new ideas to incorporate in your classroom!!!
    I can't wait to see what you make of it next year!!

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  17. Thank you so much for your presentation!! I have pulling together notes, graphic organizers, and any ideas I have been able to dream up so I can start using Interactive Notebooks in my math classes next year. I teach 5th and 6th grade students with learning disabilities and I really think this can help make a deeper connection for them. I like the idea of having it all in one place. Do you have any suggestions or web resources that might address notebooks for math?

    Thanks again!

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    1. Thanks Dennice!! Jen Runde's blog www.rundesroom.com has awesome resources for the Math notebook.
      She posts her Math Journal every Sunday and they are amazing!
      I will be teaching 5th grade next year and will add the resources as I use them.
      Hope this helps!

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  18. GREAT Presentation! I bought the expo on the date it was uploaded, but I haven't had time to watch all the videos, so I finally just finished your video. I am so excited to start these next year. I did have a couple questions:
    What goes in the 3 different sections that you discussed? I was a little confused on what goes where.
    What is the difference between the "What I Know" statement that you give them for the right side and the one they write?

    Thank you for the freebie. I am going to be telling my para all about these notebooks on Monday and hoping I can get her on board for doing them next year since we share instruction in our Special Education classroom.

    Thank you for this presentation and the freebies.

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    1. Thanks Heather!!!! So glad you liked the presentation and found it informative.
      You can section the notebook however you want really. For reading I section it off 1.Mini Lesson, 2. Journal Responses, 3. Independent Work (centers, etc.)
      Make it work for you.
      The "What I Know" on the right is just the trigger sentence/prompt, they complete it on the left.
      For example... on the right I will have "What I know about different point of views is..." and then they complete the sentence on the left side.

      I hope this helps :) Let me know if you have any other questions.

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  19. I just finished watching your presentation and you did a wonderful job explaining how Interactive Student Notebooks work in your classroom. I am excited to begin using them in my 4th grade classroom next year. I purchased your package from your Teacher Notebook store and it will definitely make my preparation easier. I will have to water down some of the organizers to work with my 4th grade students, but many of them are just perfect. I noticed in one of your responses that you will be returning to teaching elementary next year. Does that mean you will be making more resources related to Interactive Student Notebooks available for elementary grades? Will you use them in other subject areas? I am planning on using them for Reading, Math, and Social Studies. Also, do you believe the spiral notebooks will hold up as well with the younger grades? Currently I use composition books, but I don't like that every page has to be folded or cut due to the composition pages being smaller. Thank you for sharing this wonderful resource.

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    1. Thank you so much!! Yes, I will be using the notebook in all subjects next year and will upload the resources as I get through them. I'm really excited to see how it will develop in the other subjects. I'm usually a really big fan of the spiral notebooks but I'm planning on experimenting with a binder next year. I think it will give me more flexibility. Its a trial & error journey. What works one year for one class doesn't work for another.
      Composition notebooks are too small and take too much cutting work. I don't think they are the best tool for the interactive notebook. I look forward to hear from you next year & sharing how it's working for you!

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  20. Love this resource you made available for us! I do have a question... If I download the packet am I able to edit it? I teache a foreign language and would like to taylor the language

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    1. Hi Andrea,

      When you purchase the file you will receive a pdf. version. However, if you need the editable version you can email me and I'll send it to you. ATeachersTreasure@gmail.com

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