My first experience with an interactive notebook actually came from my cousin Jon's personal journal. Every page was different. Some contained clippings or photos, or art he had drawn to symbolize his thoughts. His journal changed the way I began journaling my own life. I enhanced my entries with visuals, quotes, etc. Now, when I look back at them, they are almost a scrapbook of sorts.
Later in my teaching career, it occurred to that my English Language Learners would benefit from having a sketchbook for their notes, vocabulary, assignments, journal responses, final drafts, photos, etc. Much like my personal journal, the goal was for my students to have this amazing book that they would keep forever to remind them of who they were and what they learned in that year in school. Plus, it was a lot easier than have multiple notebooks (one for vocab, one for journals, one for homework, one for bell work)- you get the idea.
It seems now that "interactive notebooks" are a new buzzword to help students take ownership of their learning and continually interact with the content in ways that are meaningful to them.
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