Interactive notebooks allow students to record and analyse observations, reflect on their learning, and self-assess their work.

  • Improve critical thinking skills
  • Express understanding creatively
  • Improve student understanding and literacy skills
  • Assist with sense making

Interactive Science Notebooks scaffold Dr Robert Marzano's 9 high-yield teaching strategies, including: Identifying similarities and Differences; Summarizing and Note-Taking; Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition; Using Non-Linguistic Representations; Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback.

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Interactive Science Notebooks increase student understanding of science by:

  • using writing as a process for discovery and synthesis of inquiry
  • modelling functions of scientists - recording information and data, creating experimental diagrams, forming associations and connections to other learning, and asking thoughtful questions
  • improving students' ability to organise ideas and information, and to provide study reference
  • demonstrate to teacher (and parents) developing organizational skills, understanding of science concepts and the ability to express thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways
  • deepening the science skills acquired in prior years
  • Students think like a scientist, record like a scientist and reflect like a scientist!

As part of the Mission to Mars program for year 8 and 9, VSSEC recommends students set up an Interactive Science NoteBook.