What's in a Science Notebook?
There were a few moments as a new science teacher where I was stunned at how much thought I put into something that students didn't bat an eye at. One such instance was arranging desks (we can tackle this in another post) and another was deciding on what system I should use for students' notes and papers.
Although many students lose, forget, never bring, or rarely use their science notebook, for us teachers the notebook is very important. Some schools or departments require a specific system. If this is your school, be grateful--the decision of what to do can be paralyzing.
Many veteran science teachers, myself included, are adamant that our notebook system is the best. Although you may find you prefer a different method, below is my favorite way for students to take notes and stay organized for science class.
My Science Notebook System:
I am a devout composition book user. I require all students to bring in two composition books (college bound, 100 pages). I do not accept any other type of notebook. (When a student brings in anything else, they trade their notebook in for a composition book!) Why the composition book? Because for some mysterious reason, students are less likely to rip out pages from a comp book than a notebook.
Although the students just need to bring in two composition books, I purchase a few other items to make my system work. These include:
- File folders - one for each student
- Tape boxes and dispensers for each table
- A continuous supply of tape