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Old 08-01-2019, 05:10 PM
 
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I taught 6th grade math, reading, and social studies. General Ed with inclusive sped students.

Math: I found composition books worked well for me. It gave me the flexibility of having students take notes, create examples, glue some things in if needed, yet also use it as an interactive notebook upon occasion. Students were encouraged to keep good notes as they were allowed to use their notebooks during most (but not all) assessments. Once they did, they seemed to connect with their notes, knowing THEY had the help in their notebooks. I felt that the ability to utilize that skill was important in other areas of their lives, especially for low students.

Reading: again, a composition book. Divided into 4 sections: First was reserved for reading skill notes, second was reserved for novel studies, third was Greek/Latin roots, fourth was a sort of ad hoc glossary of any terms needing to be addressed. Also, I had my husband cut the composition books in half with his table saw (he always used a sharpened blade for a clean cut). The smaller size was handy: less intimidating when writing, especially during novel studies (they felt proud when filling a page or two - even if they were smaller pages and the writing was generally finer), slipped into binders easily and many times was about the same size as the novel book.

Personally, I didn’t like binders, but some of my sped students liked having all their “stuff” in one place. I didn’t like spiral notebooks as the pages came out too easily.

You may wish to put a similar post on the Busy Board as it’s a bit more active.
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