Teaching and Learning

Interactive Science Notebooks

Interactive science notebooks allow students to record and analyse observations, reflect on their learning, and self-assess their work. They demonstrate to teacher (and parents) the student’s developing organizational capacities and foster

  • improved critical thinking skills
  • abilities in sense making, expressing understanding creatively and using writing as a process for discovery and synthesis of inquiry
  • improvement in understanding and literacy skills
  • skills in modelling functions of scientists: to think like a scientist, record like a scientist and reflect like a scientist
  • the ability to organise ideas and information, and to provide study reference
  • understanding of science concepts and the ability to express thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways
  • the science skills acquired in prior years
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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
  • Homework and Practice
  • Co-operative Learning
  • Using Non-Linguistic Representations
  • Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback
  • Generating and Testing Hypotheses
  • Cues, Questions and Advance Organizers.

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