Creating Student Centered-Science Notebooks

Lori Fulton and Brian Campbell
Las Vegas, Nevada Public, Schools

Science notebooks are fixtures in many science classrooms, but are students using them to their full potential? Ideally, science notebooks should be tools for students to grapple with scientific concepts and make sense of their understandings using recording and organizing strategies that are personally meaningful. How is this accomplished without being overly directive, yet still maintaining a sense of expectations/structure? In this session, we will grapple with this idea and examine the ways in which one teacher has guided students to create notebooks that are personally meaningful but more importantly useful tools for learning scientific concepts.

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