Putting together the INB

This will be the third year that I use an INB in my 7th grade math class.  I like that all of the notes are kept in one place and that it makes taking notes a bit more fun.  The one thing that I didn’t like last year was the amount of time needed to cut out the foldable and glue them in.  Students would take vast amounts of time to cut out the foldable and then use way to much glue so that the page was too wet to write on.  I was always reminding students to not be “gloppy gluers.”  Since I didn’t want to give up the INB, I decided I needed to find a way for students to do the cutting and glueing at home.  As a trial run, I made a few videos on YouTube for the first chapter for students to view.  These videos explained how to cut out the foldables and which page to glue each handout on.  I did not make one video for the entire chapter, but I split up the information into five short videos.  On the day the assignment is given, I hand them a packet of pages that are needed for that particular video. Here is the first video for that chapter.   I’m not keen on seeing myself in the videos, but it has allowed for more class time to spend on math.  Now if there was a way to get rid of the “gloppy gluers” …

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  1. Interactive Math Notebooks are the best and the most frustrating thing about my sixth grade math class! I found using the tiny glue bottles available at Hobby Lobby and refilling them does help some with gloppy gluers. Also I am very picky about “line, line, keep it fine” and “dot, dot, not a lot” glue bottle must be touching the paper. This training with my students and walking around like a prison guard with crossed arms while they are gluing makes a difference 🙂
    From Dinah Zike’s workshop I learned to take off the cap of new glue bottles and smear Vaseline on the tip – it really works to keep the caps from getting clogged. I also wrap the little glue bottles in duct tape. It helps me keep track of them and makes them more durable. With a few replacements, I am using the same small glue bottles I bought four years ago.
    I also have about 10 “loaner” bottles that I hand out when a student brings an empty bottle to me during notebooking. Then I refill a bunch of little bottles at once.

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