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My teaching style with Interactive Math Notebooks has evolved over the years. I started creating my own "Guided Note" pages that were based on color-coding to help the students see the connections in the concepts. After the first year of implementing my new method of giving notes and seeing the difference it made in their understanding of the concepts, I knew this was the way to go.
I use 3-prong folders for my Interactive Math Notebooks, which I buy at the beginning of the school year. Each period has the color that corresponds with their period.
I also buy class sets of color pencils for the students to use for the color-coding part of the notes. After making the copies of the guided notes for each class, I hole punch the notes. This makes it easy, the students know, if it has holes, it goes in their IMN.
I love my ActivInspire Flipcharts and my MimioPad because it makes it so easy to give my "Guided, Color-coded" notes. My MimioPad also lets me be mobile. I can give the notes from anywhere around the room.
I make a key of my color-coded notes prior to my lesson, so as I am giving the lesson I can focus on the explanation of the concept. I am able to put the guided note page into my Flipchart and use the MimioPad to easily explain and fill out the notes with the students. At the end of class I can erase my annotations and start over with the next class. The students love taking notes this way and it makes it easier for them to understand what I am explaining.
I love the ActivInspire Flipchart because it has a lot of annotation tools. The Flipchart page scrolls and the annotations scroll with it. My MimioPad and ActivInspire are definitely my #1 duo I can't live without.... :o)
Here is an example of what the students would see on the ActivInspire Flipchart.
Here are some sample pages from my students' Interactive Math Notebooks.