Interactive Notebook Grading Systems

How to grade interactive notebooks without going insane

Interactive notebook grading systems are important steps in having success throughout the school year. When you have a grading system that is consistent, fair, and easy to follow, it gives students a sense of commitment.

From the very beginning of the school year, make sure you set clear expectations about interactive notebooks. If you want students to use the interactive notebooks as a study tool and reflection, then it is essential to administer a grading system for all your classes.

Of course, for inclusion classes, you might want to be more specific or give more details about grading interactive notebooks. For instance, what do you think is important for students to learn how to make a graph or to learn key terms?

No interactive notebook grading system is set in stone. As a matter of fact, you can design the grading ground rules that you believe will benefit your students.

But how can you implement a set of grading policy that is fair and consistent? Also, if you have many students such as secondary classes, then you might need to consider how to grade interactive notebooks without going insane.

grading interactive notebooks

Strategies to Use Interactive Notebook Grading Systems:

The following list shows you a simple and common way in grading interactive notebooks:

  • Use your seating chart to make quick markings about grading that day
  • Try to use small stamps to grade (besides kids love to see cute stamps in their notebooks – yes, even high school students)
  • Make note of the page numbers you are grading in your grade book
  • Make note of the date you graded that page (it will be useful when students are absent)
  • Jot down the activity or topic you are grading
  • Use a rubric to grade specific content
  • Give students enough notice to get their notebooks ready
  • When students are absent, give a 3 day policy to show their notebooks
  • Select one or two pages to grade (avoid grading the whole notebook)
  • Have a complimentary activity when you are grading notebooks (while students wait their turn to turn-in their notebooks, they work on reflection papers or study guides)
  • Select one class at a time to grade (if you have multiple sections, you can select earth science one day and chemistry the next week)
  • Have students swap notebooks with classmates and grade each others notebooks (you can give specific instructions about what to grade and classmates give feedback to each other)
interactive notebook grading

Towards the end of the school year, many students will feel accomplished about their interactive notebooks. Because interactive notebooks are very personal to many students, they take pride in sharing them.

It is no surprise interactive notebooks are implemented in many subjects. Regardless of language or science, these type of notebooks are great companions of learning.

Share a time interactive notebooks were/are great educational tools for students in your classroom or homeschool group?

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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