Interactive notebooks are not new to me; I saw them in use by the wonderful elementary teachers I worked with as a special ed assistant. I recently took a workshop at TETA Theatrefest about the notebooks, which sparked my interest. I love colors and note-taking, but I also see how some kids don't like this. I, however, feel it would be a great way for them to learn concepts and complete assignments without loose-leaf paper. It can be something they are proud of with drawings, colors, and stickers.
I kept the notebook I received at the TETA workshop and I started creating sample lessons for middle school theatre at all levels. Below are some of the ideas I've come up with:
I know several teachers on my campus deal with warm ups and bell-rings differently. Some flip the notebook over and have them record the warm ups in the notebook that way. I've created a weekly template to use next year. They will keep it in their binder and turn it in every Friday. When it's graded they can cut out the warm up template and glue it on the next clean page in their notebook for reference. Open notes quizzes can be given.
I've seen the idea of sawing composition books in half for smaller notebooks, and I think I will do that for rehearsal notebooks for my after school shows. They are small enough to keep with their scripts and they don't need a ton of space for their individual notes.
Bookmarks can be added with tape and a ribbon on the back cover.
The possibilities are endless with interactive notebooks. There are plenty of free resources online, especially Pinterest.