Grading Interactive Notebooks
Sometimes I hear people say that they do not use the interactive notebooks because the grading is so difficult. I would agree that it can be challenging but I have devised a few ways to keep it manageable.
First of all I would give students a very clear rubric of what you are looking for. A sample rubric will be included later in this post.
I have the students select an area of best work and write a reflection on that. Having them tab the following sections will make it easier to grade.
- What you learned
- How you learned
- What aspects of the work were high quality
- What you would do differently and why
- What makes you proud of the work
- What made the activity worthwhile
- For pre service teachers I have them also comment on what they have learned about teaching social studies.
Or you could have students select their best work from a unit of study.
For your convenience, have students tab the sections you want to look at. I like to look closely at Table of Contents, Best Work Entry, and Reflection.