1) Make your own ISN. You will use this ISN more than you think. It's a place where you can sketch out your thoughts and ideas. Having your own is a great help as you learn how to change from using the typical notebook to the ISN. As you become more comfortable with the book, you'll begin to see the activities you plan become more elaborate and allow for more higher order thinking activities. For some reason, I find that helps to have the book in front of you in order to create the entries.
|Tide Notes: I was able to place the notes underneath to make it fit.|
|Tide Notes: I sketched it out to make it all fit. Took at little time, but it turned out great. If I didn't have the book in front of me, I probably would not have come up with this idea.|
2) Your copy = a savior for when kids are absent. This has been amazing! I can hand over my book and they fill out the information they missed.
I haven't really talked about the papers and how things are placed in the book as of yet, but in my pictures you can tell there is a lot of taping/gluing which means there are lots of papers. When the kids are absent, it's so difficult to keep these papers in order unless you have a system. My co-teacher introduced me to this idea of having a file folder container. I have a container that has 31 file folders in it, and the folders are labeled 1-31 to represent each day. The kids can go over to the container, pick out the papers they need, and set up their book on their own. I can continue on with my lesson without being asked a million and one questions. It helps the kids and myself stay organized. I got mine from Staples (I may have to shop somewhere else now because of the lack of love for the teachers...sigh), but I'm sure you can find them in any office supply store. Totally worth it.
|Something like this would work for keeping the papers organized|
2a) I tried to come up with a class ISN that someone would fill out for me everyday, but it didn't pan out the way I wanted. My co-teacher and I are working on ways to improve that. It will be nice to have another book in the class as a reference or when more than one child is out at a time. When I come up with a system, I'll let you know :)
3) This is somewhat tied with number. It's like the outcome of the planning! This ISN becomes your textbook. I don't have textbooks that can go home with my kids. We're lucky enough to have about 15 textbooks per teacher and books online that all kids can access (if they have the internet at home). We also have lab manuals which I absolutely despise and are nicely packet away in the back of my classroom ;) You control the content that goes into your book, and not the textbook company. Remember that purpose thing? It comes into play here! I may use some of the information from the textbooks, online, and other sources to create my book that meets my states standards. It's fun!
|This is a picture from a student's notebook. The right is my side (parts of an atom notes) and the left is there side (the student's created a cartoon about the notes)|
These are just three simple and easy ideas for the teacher. If there is one thing that you've noticed throughout is the idea of creating your own materials. It's up to you and that might be a very daunting task for some. Don't worry, I'll have some ideas in the future for you :) Hopefully you're starting to see the benefits of using this book. I mean we've all said it before, "If I created this textbook....". Well, now here's your chance!