A typical day in my classroom includes vocabulary work, hands-on explorations, and discussions of what we're learning. Each hour of class provides a different combination of students and their needs.
I teach at a low-income, neighborhood, city high school which serves almost 1000 students from diverse backgrounds.
Approximately 25% of our students receive English language support and 25% receive special education services. My classroom reflects the energy the students bring with them to school every day. These are students who don't give up in their day-to-day lives. but can struggle to engage with school.
For the last three years, students have used interactive notebooks to support their learning in class. Through the use of interactive notebooks, students are practicing science as one might see in a lab, the field, or research. However, supplies like the composition notebooks and glue sticks get used up each year!
Students struggle with organization and finding information - an interactive notebook supports keeping everything for a class in one location.
In addition, students make the resource their own as they use the markers and colored pencils to make important information stand out on the page and process what they've learned.
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