Ditch the Workbook: Create Student Interactive Notebooks that get Results

Dear Secondary Social Studies Teachers,
For the past two years, TCI (Teachers’ Curriculum Institute), the publisher of the textbook series used in our 7th, 8th, and High School US History social studies classes, provided us free of charge the Student Interactive Notebooks associated with the program.  Unfortunately, TCI will no longer provide the Student Interactive Notebooks gratis.  In addition, due to the Colorado State budget crisis and subsequent cutting of funding to school districts, we are not able to purchase these notebooks.  (The cost for the Student Notebooks are $6.00 each).
However, we have a solution to this situation, one that many of you are already employing. Currently, many teachers in the district are creating their own notebook and prefer this to the “store bought” version.  One of our district teachers that is using the do-it-yourself method is Joan Hollins, social studies teacher at Longs Peak Middle School.  Joan is TCI trained and has agreed to conduct a workshop on how to create your own interactive notebook. Please take a look at her workshop description.
Ditch the Workbook: Create Student Interactive Notebooks that get Results
Learn how to create your own interactive notebook (workbook) and develop a system that keeps students organized, allows for quality learning, and provides a portfolio of work that is always present. By using a spiral or three ring binder, we can integrate the reading notes from our TCI program with other pieces of writing and vocabulary and help students create a product that is always available for reference and important enough to them to keep track of all year. It is a great tool for student-lead conferences as well. While this is directed at TCI users, it is a great tool for any content area, and all are welcomed.
Here are the details for this training:
Date: August 6, 2012
Time: 12:30PM-3:30PM
Location: Educational Services Building Board of Education Room
Cost: Free
Additional: All attendees will be compensated for attending this workshop at the extra duty rate.
Please email me if you are interested in attending this training or have any questions.
Thank you for your outstanding dedication and commitment to our students and schools! Please feel free to contact us with your suggestions and questions.

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