This broke my heart.
As part of the Consumer Math class I am teaching this year, I am asking professionals from the community to come in to talk to my seniors. All of my students in my Consumer Math classes are on IEPs for some sort of disability, whether it’s Math, ADHD, dyslexia, or some other disability that keeps them out of the general education classroom for Math. We had an AWESOME guest speaker a couple weeks ago who trades stocks for a living (and who has been emailing me to ask about the steps to becoming a teacher – whoo hoo!). A couple days after his visit, one of my students asked, “Why would anyone want to come to our class? We’re Special Ed.” This sank my heart. I told him not to sell himself short and that of course people would want to meet him, just as much as they’d want to meet anyone else! I hope he believed me.
Kids with disabilities, in my opinion especially in Math, have self-esteems that have been so destroyed by repeated failure. These are GREAT KIDS! I have more visitors lined up to visit every cycle from now until December 2 and I am searching for more!
What is YOUR definition of Interactive Notebook? I have been thinking a lot about this lately. In my current school and the one I worked in prior to this position, there were no textbooks. Well, there was a textbook at my last school but it was so horrible no one used it! Because of this, it forced me to create note sheets for the kids. When I compare them to note sheets being called INB, I see a lot of similarities.
To me, interactive notebooks consist of foldables and flipables, almost what are used to make homeschooling lapbooks. What I’d consider scaffolded student notes are being called “interactive notebooks”, so much so that I am questioning my definition. What do you consider INB?