Notebook page made on Longitude and Lattitude

Notebooking is simply taking a piece of paper and recording the things that you’ve learnt.   Here are 10 reasons I love notebooking:

  1. An easy transition from oral narrations and copy work to independent writing
  2. Adaptable to all ages (my expectations vary depending on the students abilities – not age)
  3. It is about  the things that the kids learn/remember rather than predetermined information that I, the teacher determined as important (which means it will be in their long term memory stronger)
  4. It offers a context for learning to use the computer – for example:  Microsoft Word, Publisher and PowerPoint and digital scrapbooking
  5. It can be adapted to varying degrees of creativity – Josh liked just writing and found his image on Google images whereas Naomi will spend an hour or two cutting paper, doodling with textas and many other artistic mediums.
  6. It offers a context to learn to use the internet – key word searches, scanning results, selecting the best few (and knowing when to stop looking),  finding images, maps and considering copyright.
  7. It can be applied to either a short lesson or a longer term project that requires research
  8. It is easy for the kids to file their own work away – either in plastic sleeves in a binder, or glued into a scrapbook (they can do this themselves, which teaches them orderliness)
  9. A years worth of notebooking creates a meaningful record of what is learnt instead of creating tests to show for your progress
  10. You don’t have to plan any worksheets to fill in after a lesson or discussion – your children will create a meaningful representation of the lesson starting with a blank piece of paper.

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