- Improve critical thinking skills
- Express understanding creatively
- Improve student understanding and literacy skills
- Assist with sense making
Interactive Science Notebooks scaffold Dr Robert Marzano's 9 high-yield teaching strategies, including: Identifying similarities and Differences; Summarizing and Note-Taking; Reinforcing Effort and Providing Recognition; Using Non-Linguistic Representations; Setting Objectives and Providing Feedback.
Interactive Science Notebooks increase student understanding of science by:
- using writing as a process for discovery and synthesis of inquiry
- modelling functions of scientists - recording information and data, creating experimental diagrams, forming associations and connections to other learning, and asking thoughtful questions
- improving students' ability to organise ideas and information, and to provide study reference
- demonstrate to teacher (and parents) developing organizational skills, understanding of science concepts and the ability to express thoughts and feelings in a variety of ways
- deepening the science skills acquired in prior years
- Students think like a scientist, record like a scientist and reflect like a scientist!
As part of the Mission to Mars program for year 8 and 9, VSSEC recommends students set up an Interactive Science NoteBook.