Friday, February 8, 2013


Identify Concerns that must change (look to the future)
1.  Help students develop a sense of pride and ownership of interactive notebooks which    
     may help student success in the classroom.
2.  Implementation of new ideas with interactive notebooks to help students achieve  
3.  More staff training on ways to use interactive student notebooks.

Identify Affirmations that must be sustained (look to the present)
1.  All grade levels continue to use the interactive notebooks for various subjects
2.  Teachers use the interactive notebooks as a showcase of knowledge learned  for 
     specific  subjects to share with parents, administrators, and students to have as a  
     study tool.
3.  Students write more in notebooks rather than glue handouts.

SMART Recommendations that must be implemented:
(Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, Timely)
1.  All teachers follow a basic guideline of using the interactive notebooks that can be 
     extended upon from year to year.
2.  Spiral notebooks be provided or included on the student’s supply list every year.
3.  Use interactive notebooks as part of student’s grade towards a particular subject.

EVALUATE – Specifically and Often
(Identify the best ways to evaluate the implemented recommendations.)
1.  Walk-throughs of administrators
2.  Random selected students share notebooks with administrators on a weekly/monthly 
3.  Interactive notebooks displayed at parent conferences, group meetings, etc. to have
     reflective conversations regarding their content.

This is my Tool 8.1 CARE MODEL planning tool from  Examining What We Do to Improve Our Schools by Sandra Harris, Stacey Edmonson, Julie Combs.

Research EDLD 5301

Please feel free to comment on its’ contents.  Your comments will help me expand my knowledge of my action research.  


  1. I love the idea of the students sharing their notebooks with administrators! I think that would help foster the pride and ownership. I also like the idea of using basic guidelines. It will make it easy for anyone to pick one up and know what they are looking at. Great job!

  2. I agree with keri on sharing notebooks with administrators. I also agree that the staff should be properly trained on these interactive notebooks. Teachers need to know the many ways that they could used for student improvement.

  3. Students love technology and I just believe teachers professional development and willingness to think out of the box will capture students interest and will capitalize on learning. Do all students have a notebook currently? Are the notebooks wifi capable?

  4. I love interactive notebooks and have seen them used very effectively in the classroom. I think staff do need to know all the ways they can be used, and they need to use them consistently for them to be a good tool. I look forward to following your research. Great project!