Using interactive notebooks makes teaching easier - here's how

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Nicole at Apple Tree Resources
Using interactive notebooks makes teaching easier - here's how

As teachers, we're always looking for ways to make our lives easier. I'm here to tell you that interactive notebooks can do just that! In this episode, I share the four ways that interactive notebooks can and will make your life easier. Tune in to learn more! 


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Hey there, amazing educators! Welcome back to another episode of Let's Chat Teaching. I'm your host, Nicole Sanders. Today's episode is all about the magic of interactive notebooks and how they can make our lives as teachers a whole lot easier. If you haven't already, be sure to check out the previous episode where we debated the different types of interactive notebooks – informational and unit notebooks. But for now, let's dive into why interactive notebooks are an absolute game-changer in the classroom.

In this post, I'm going to share four fantastic reasons why interactive notebooks are a teacher's best friend. So, listen up as I chat about why interactive notebooks are making waves in education.

1. Organization is Key

First and foremost, interactive notebooks keep both teachers and students incredibly organized. Being organized is one of the pillars of teaching success. By pre-planning and pre-printing materials, you ensure that every page is in chronological order, making it a breeze for students to follow along. I actually like to print the entire unit and arrange it behind my desk in order. This not only keeps me organized but also sets a clear path for students to navigate through their interactive notebooks seamlessly.

2. Empowering Students with Learning Responsibility

One of the remarkable aspects of interactive notebooks is that they put the onus of learning back on the students. With organized notes at their fingertips, students are encouraged to actively engage with the material. Instead of relying on teachers for every clarification, students can refer to their notes, color-coded examples, and class-generated content. This approach fosters a sense of responsibility for their own learning, empowering them to find answers within the notebook and apply knowledge to various questions.

3. Fun Learning for Less Behaviors

Here's a secret – interactive notebooks make learning more fun! By incorporating hands-on activities like cutting, gluing, and adding color, students are engaged in a way that traditional methods often lack. These activities act as mini brain breaks, keeping students focused and less prone to disruptive behaviors. The kinesthetic involvement also caters to different learning styles, making the classroom environment more enjoyable for everyone.

4. Transparency for Students, Parents, and Principals

Interactive notebooks serve as a window into the classroom for students, parents, and principals alike. Students can easily catch up on missed content, parents can support their children more effectively with clear directions and notes, and principals can quickly gauge the depth of learning happening in the classroom. The transparency offered by interactive notebooks also comes in handy during those occasional meetings with concerned parents. By comparing notebooks side by side, teachers can demonstrate the class's capabilities and showcase the support structures already in place.

Want to give interactive notebooks a try? – Grab these free interactive notebook templates at to get a taste of the interactive notebook magic.

In the spirit of sharing, if you're curious about how interactive notebooks can enhance your teaching experience, check out my new Interactive Notebooks Mini Course.



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