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A well-designed, sequenced Notebook file will serve as a healthy backbone to a teacher's lesson. It can provide you with content, timers, hints, suggestions, answer keys, examples and links. It's up to you to build out these files to match the activities and expectations you have for your students. When designing a page, one of the first things you want to decide is the background.
Be aware that intense colors might be distracting, and draw attention away from the content of your page. When choosing a font, you should generally have titles that are at least 28 points and in bold. Text should be at least 22 points and in a regular typeface, and make sure that you choose a font color that contrasts nicely with the chosen background color. Let's talk about constructing Notebook files. Here are some components I try to incorporate into every lesson.
I like to have a warm-up, for when students walk into the classroom, and right there on the board is the warm-up waiting for them. On another page, I'll have homework solutions, if I assigned homework from the previous night. And, then on every Notebook file, I'll always include the lesson objective. Now, depending on what you are doing, you are going to want to throw in some blank files here and there, so that there is work space for you to add things. Sure, you could add them on the fly but if you can anticipate that you are going to need a blank page to do something, then leave the blank page there. And of course, whenever you are introducing new concepts, you've created pages with the new concepts, with examples, with vocabulary and graphics.
That will support your students learning. Don't forget practice problems, and if you're planning on doing some group work, then have the components and the instructions for your group work activity. Next, toward the end of the lesson, you're going to want to do some kind of exit question, or some kind of assessment of learning. So make sure that you include that component in your SMART Notebook file. And finally, if you're assigning homework, don't forget to have a page with a beautiful icon and the homework assignment for the night.
These components have become the backbone of my lessons. Having a well-designed Notebook file will lend itself to a thoughtful, intentional lesson.
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