How to Set Up an Interactive Notebook

How to Set Up an Interactive Notebook


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned.

The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement

Interactive Notebooks can be a very beneficial asset for all your students, especially those who prefer a less traditional approach to note-taking and assessments. By using an Interactive Notebook in your classes, you will provide your students a central location for depositing all information, project ideas, questions, responses, and reactions. By using the circular format detailed below, students can design and decorate a binder that will not only organize their knowledge, but help them to retain it beyond the initial assessment. 

The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
Students should start with a binder. Though it isn't necessary, the white clear-view binders are best so your students can customize the cover, helping to distinguish between different courses. By labeling the class on the front, inserting dividers or other accessories to organize and divide, and decorating the binder to their liking, students can provide a space that is welcoming and comfortable, encouraging further learning.


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
The circular layout of the daily spread encourages students to move readily from the objective and bellringer, to the day's class notes or activity, to the homework assignment, and finally, the LSA: left side assignment. These four components require students to tie the parts of the lesson together, and allow for a more creative method of obtaining and gathering knowledge. By embracing different learning styles and including activities that cater to brains working in all different ways, students can flow freely from left side to right and back again, forming a strong hand-eye-brain connection with colors, shapes, illustrations, and more.


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
The top of the left page is the space for the day's objective and bellringer. Consider the bellringer a sort of tease, which wakes up the brain and induces critical thinking and learning. Students generally respond to the bellringer during the first few minutes of class, often without much prior knowledge, and will continue to build upon their bellringer answer as they obtain more knowledge.


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
The top of the right page is the 'meat and potatoes' of the day. This includes any notes taken during class, graphic organizers used, and can even expand beyond the page. If you do paper activities, such as guided note-taking exercises, projects or activities, these can be hole punched and inserted between the two daily pages, or can be taped directly on the upper right section. This critical section is what moves the Interactive Notebook from a note-taking tool to a component of the Interactive Classroom, and the contents of this section are critical for review and retention.

The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
Below the notes section, homework is listed and explained if necessary. This way, students can easily view their assignment alongside the day's activities, providing an efficient reminder of what they learned and making it easy to apply their knowledge to their assignment.


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement
Lastly, the left side assignment or left side application is at the bottom of the left page, just below the bellringer/objective section. This is a wrap-up assignment which allows students to process what they learned. Also considered the formative assessment, the LSA ties all components of the day together and allows students to comprehend on a deeper level.

Bonus! For the free resource pictured in this daily Interactive Notebook spread, check out Where Do Goods Come From? Geography Mapping & Bulletin Board Activity!


The first step to understanding how to set up an Interactive Notebook is understanding how an IN works within an Interactive Classroom. Interactive Notebooks aren't designed to be the end-all-be-all for lesson planning, note-taking, student engagement, and formative assessment. Instead, the Interactive Notebook is a tool to help students organize, relate, structure, and delve deeper into their course of study. Within an Interactive Classroom, Interactive Notebooks act as both catalyst and landing strip for all things learned. #interactivenotebook #interactiveclassroom #middleschool #highschool #lessonplans #teaching #teacher #interactive #classengagement

Together, these four components of the daily Interactive Notebook layout are designed to help students form connections between parts of the lesson, form a deeper understanding of the knowledge they obtain, and keep everything organized and accessible in a practical manner that makes review easy and unintimidating. When used in conjunction with other engaging lessons and activities, and when used in an effective Interactive Classroom, the Interactive Notebook is a great stepping stone for improved learning and retention in all classrooms. 




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6 Perfect Resources for Setting Up Your Social Studies Classroom

6 Perfect Resources for Setting Up Your Social Studies Classroom


Some teachers prefer a basic, minimal classroom setup, while others embrace a colorful, lively arrangement. Either way, there are many resources online to help personalize your classroom and make it ideal for Social Studies Learning! Your classroom is already prepped for the perfect learning environment. With the four walls of your room, you’re allowed many square feet of space to decorate. Choose these resources wisely. Wall decorations should be engaging, accurate, filled with knowledge, easy to comprehend, and beneficial. With the right setup, your students will start off the school year in a learning state of mind, surrounded by a Social Studies classroom ideal for Social Studies Learning!

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Engaging resources are out there - all over the World Wide Web. However, it may be difficult to sift through the low quality images, copyrighted products, and less-than-efficient products. Finding the perfect resources for setting up your Social Studies classroom doesn’t have to be difficult or demanding. Instead, use these 6 perfect resources for setting up your Social Studies classroom, and simply print, laminate (if you wish), and hang!

Bonus tip! Do you have a humid classroom or less-than-cooperative walls? Use high-temp hot glue!

Organizational Tools: Use posters to remind students of acronyms to help organize note-taking! Posters that explain SPRITE, PERSIA, and SPEC allow your students to quickly reference the acronym, improving and speeding up their note-taking process.
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Course Descriptions: Posters that detail history, geography, economics, psychology, and more, can help students differentiate between different divisions of Social Studies. This can be especially beneficial when comparing and contrasting different areas or regions.
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Classroom Study Tips: Provide a gentle reminder of how your students should behave by posting study tips and behavior expectations within easy view. Remind students to work cooperatively, respect others, and listen carefully. These classroom management tips will be used throughout the classroom, so commemorating them on your walls will ensure retention.
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Blooms Taxonomy: Use posters to explain the skills that should be regularly practiced in the Social Studies classroom. Break down hard-to-understand concepts like “synthesize” as in the poster below.
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The best part? These first 5 images include posters that are in ONE poster set! Buying one inclusive set of posters ensures that they match in style, provide relevant and unique information, and come at a low price-point. Get this Social Studies Classroom Poster Set from my store at Teachers Pay Teachers.

While functionality is priority when using your precious wall space, these U.S. History, Ancient World History, and Modern World History Quote Posters are perfect for historical context, decoration, and drawing a student’s eye to something that may seem decorative. Hidden learning opportunities are often the most important! With nearly 100 posters, these sets can line your classroom twice-over!
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Bonus! On a really tight budget? Pick up some discounted National Geographic magazines at your local Half Price Books store and pull the maps, images, and infographics for quick and easy wall posters! 

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With these countless poster options, you’re likely to find the perfect combination of classroom decorations to encourage Social Studies Learning from day one! Personalizing your Social Studies classroom doesn’t have to be outrageous or stressful. Utilizing free or cheap resources on hand, combined with coordinating poster sets like these, you can easily set your students up for success with effective classroom decorations. 
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5 Tips for Teaching Effective Discussion

5 Tips for Teaching Effective Discussion


Teaching today’s youth to be effective communicators can seem impossible at times. We have a generation of vocal, opinionated individuals who often lack the ability to eloquently discuss their thoughts and ideas. While teaching effective discussion skills may not be easy, it’s certainly an important part of developing a working classroom community, allowing your students to absorb knowledge in different manners, and preparing them for their future as successful adults. Teaching effective discussion should be an ongoing endeavor - begin in your back to school preparations, establish guidelines on the first day of school, and continue the learning experience throughout the school year. These skills are building blocks for a strong foundation of learning, and forgoing this study will disadvantage your high school and middle school students.

These 5 tips for teaching effective classroom discussion will help you get started off on the right foot at the beginning of the new school year. Start back to school with a great foundation for yourself and your students. Teaching basic skills and discussion fundamentals in the first few class periods can help to set the foundation for your entire year and will help students get a strong footing in your subject area study. #teaching #socialstudies #history #lessonplans #teachinghistory #teachingsocialstudies #lessonplan #backtoschool #middleschool #highschool

Using these 5 great tips for teaching effective discussion in the classroom, you’ll be establishing clear and manageable guidelines for your students to maintain throughout the remainder of the school year and onward. Effective discussion comes naturally to some; others may need much coaching and advising. Use these tips for teaching effective discussion to make it more approachable for the growing needs of your high school and middle school students. Teaching effective discussion in the classroom isn’t easy but it’s necessary to establish a good learning foundation from the starting gate. Provide your students with the advantages of effectively discussing their opinions, thoughts, and knowledge, while maintaining order in your classroom, with these 5 great tips.

Basic Learning Skills
While these may seem rudimentary, your students (especially incoming sixth graders and freshmen) may benefit from a refresher course in basic learning skills. Establishing this clear baseline will be advantageous to your students who are seeking knowledge throughout the year. Ensure your students understand how to be prepared, sit for success, be attentive, question, speak up, listen patiently, include everyone, and stay on topic. Not only will these skills promote effective discussion, but also a respectful and successful classroom community.



Reading Strategies
Using three divisions of reading strategies, including pre-reading, during reading, and post-reading strategies, you will help your students understand how to effectively break down text in order to effectively communicate it and discuss with their classmates. By previewing the text, determining its type, gathering background information, setting a purpose, and making predictions during the pre-reading phase, students will begin reading prepared and informed. Then, if they read at an appropriate rate, use background and contextual clues, and check for understanding, students will continue their digestion of the text, better preparing them to discuss effectively with others. Lastly, by summarizing effectively, evaluating the information, drawing conclusions, and forming examples, students are able to tie their knowledge together, efficiently producing talking points to be effectively discussed with others.


Text Reading Skills
By testing accuracy in informational text, making connections with informational texts, identifying key terms, making connections with biographies, evaluating the author in biographies, and testing accuracy in biographies, students are able to approach often-unapproachable, “boring” texts with the foundation to effectively digest the information and then share it effectively in a discussion forum.

Response Group Prompts & Guides
Using response group prompts and assigning literature circle roles, group performance in textual reference becomes seamless and enjoyable for your students. Encourage students to use “I” statements or analytic statements, like “I wonder,” “I think,” “I felt,” and “The author meant.” These statements will help further understanding so they’re able to fully communicate their newfound knowledge.

Discussion & Notes Organizers
Using different notes organizers and note-taking methods, your students are able to better understand the key concepts found within the text, lecture, or presentation of information. Teach them proven methods like KWL, Venn Diagrams, Topic Maps, Sequential Organizers, and Biography Organizers to ensure a full understanding of the concepts at hand. By correctly incorporating these organizers and methods, students are able to effectively discuss the information learned without frustration or confusion.


While teaching effective discussion concepts in the classroom may seem daunting, there are many resources available both online and in print to help ease your class into regular and easy discussion in the classroom setting. By furthering these skills throughout the year and adding onto the building blocks of knowledge established on the first day of school, students will be able to use these effective discussion skills well into their adult and professional lives. Use these 5 tips to teach effective discussion, and pick up these ready-to-print Effective Discussion Posters to ensure your students are consistently using these skills.


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5 Great Tips for Teaching Social Studies

5 Great Tips for Teaching Social Studies



When we are teaching courses in the Social Studies department, it is often challenging to find the most effective way to introduce students to the course and the content. Teaching skills and Social Studies fundamentals in the first few class periods can help to set the foundation for your entire year and will help students get a strong footing in your subject area.

These 5 tips for teaching Social Studies will help you get started off on the right foot at the beginning of the new school year. Start back to school with a great foundation for yourself and your students.  Teaching skills and Social Studies fundamentals in the first few class periods can help to set the foundation for your entire year and will help students get a strong footing in your subject area study.  #teaching #socialstudies #history #lessonplans #teachinghistory #teachingsocialstudies #lessonplan #backtoschool #middleschool #highschool

From organizational guides, discipline study, and reinforcing key terms, there are many great tips for teaching Social Studies to your middle school and high school students. Follow these five great tips for teaching Social Studies and you'll start your school year on the right foot!

Teach an Organizational Guide

Organizational guides like SPRITE (Social, Political, Religious, Intellectual, Technological, Economic) and GRAPES (Geography, Religion, Achievements, Politics, Economics, Social Structures) help your students to dissect masses of information about geographic or period study.

With these acronyms, basic skill development in cause and effect for content organization, and use of an Interactive Notebook, students are able to keep content in order, ready and accessible when they need to review.

Introduce Bloom's Taxonomy

Bloom's Taxonomy is an organizational model that breaks down learning objectives by skill level. The Taxonomy includes the following classifications: Create, Evaluate, Analyze, Apply, Understand, and Remember. 

By introducing these skills, students can tackle previously-unapproachable content with confidence.

Define & Examine Social Studies Disciplines

Define and Examine the Social Studies Disciplines, including History, Government, Geography, Economics, Psychology, and Sociology. 

Encourage your students to embrace the connections between disciplines by examining, comparing, contrasting, and exploring history, government, geography, and more. Interconnected, these disciplines are omnipresent and beneficial in helping your students understand the content.



Reinforce Social Studies Key Terms

A basic understanding of key terms like cause, effect, social, and significance is critical for your students furthering their Social Studies education.

Explain these terms by applying them in your lessons. Introduce, define, and provide context for these terms in Social Studies in general, as well as with specific applications in the discipline/course. 

Help students to correlate information by explaining when and where they will see these key terms again.

Provide Social Studies Tips

Build a strong foundation for your students by stressing the importance of studying for the course. 

By providing them with clear-cut tips, goals, and instructions, your students are more likely to embrace their study instead of dreading it. Use classroom rules applied to the specific topic of study, and use rubric tools to help correlate tips.



Using these 5 great tips for teaching Social Studies, your students will become more engaged with the lessons, will retain more content, and will enjoy learning Social Studies! For even easier application, printable Social Studies poster sets are available to display these critical tips in your classroom.

These 5 tips for teaching Social Studies will help you get started off on the right foot at the beginning of the new school year. Start back to school with a great foundation for yourself and your students.  Teaching skills and Social Studies fundamentals in the first few class periods can help to set the foundation for your entire year and will help students get a strong footing in your subject area study.  #teaching #socialstudies #history #lessonplans #teachinghistory #teachingsocialstudies #lessonplan #backtoschool #middleschool #highschool

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5 Strategies for Building Classroom Community

5 Strategies for Building Classroom Community


Just as a sense of community is vital in the real world, developing a strong and productive sense of community in the classroom is critical. Though your students may encounter challenges throughout the year, the partnership and support of a classroom community can help resolve conflict, motivate students, and maintain your sanity as a teacher! Effective classroom management isn't easy but it's necessary, and integrating community building strategies into your lesson plans, back to school curriculum, and interactive classroom techniques will ensure easier classroom management, better behavior, and a more successful school year for all.

 Start teaching with organized strategies to help create the ideal classroom community for your middle or high school students. Building a classroom community can help all students find greater success. #tpt #socialstudies #classroom #communitybuilding #students #teaching #teachers

When you think about building a strong sense of community in your classroom, you may consider group work as the main, and perhaps only, method. Many teachers may shy away from collaboration in the classroom because they fear classroom chaos, discipline issues among students, and disorder in their classes. However, group work, among other classroom community building strategies, does not equate to chaos. 

There are many acceptable resources online to help with building classroom community, but these 5 incredible strategies for building classroom community are sure to construct a strong foundation for the upcoming school year. Classroom community building strategies can perpetuate a strong sense of order, encouraging students to embrace learning while also utilizing the skills of their peers and classmates. Together, the class can succeed! Using these 5 incredible strategies for building classroom community, you're sure to find success in your classroom as well.

5 Incredible Strategies for Building Classroom Community

1. Cooperative Learning Activities

As Helen Keller once said, "Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much." Collaboration is the main component of building a strong classroom community. Utilizing group-centered activities like walking tours, response groups, and jigsaw activities allows your students to move through the curriculum in an engaging manner, alongside peers who can bolster one another, and many of these collaborative activities are ready-made and available online, making lesson planning easy and painless. Check out these gallery walks and group response activities ready for download!

2. Silent Lessons

Silent Lessons are just that - activities that are done silently and individually, but are then used group-wide. Students can compare and contrast answers, read one another's comments and respond accordingly, and complete portions of an activity, to be later combined with the classroom whole. As they must rely on one another's cooperation, these silent lessons strengthen your classroom community. Silent timelines are a great example of these collaborative silent lessons.

3. Current Events Discussion

Current Events are more than just a headline. To be social and culturally aware, students must engage in current events study, which will help teach inclusiveness, appreciation for diversity, and empathy for those suffering. Doing so will expand both their ability and desire to form a strong classroom community. Utilizing trusted new sources to study current events can open your students' minds exponentially. This strategy works best when preceded by this FREE credibility and reliability experiential exercise on news sources.

4. Collaborative Game Play

Who doesn't love games? You may be teaching middle and high school students, but they are never too old for engaging, exciting game play. Games involving trivia, quick recall, group collaboration, and a healthy dose of competition are great for building classroom community, especially if your groups must work together to earn points. You can really adapt pretty much any game to compliment your lesson plan, or you can try these established game ideas from TeachHub.

5. Set the Stage

Every successful community has community leaders who take a stand, share their knowledge, and inspire the rest of the community. Using interactive presentations, debates, and open discussion, you enable students to take responsibility for disseminating knowledge to their classmates and inspiring interaction among their peers. Setting the Stage builds student voice, confidence, and public speaking skills, all while enriching the classroom community. 

These 5 strategies for building classroom community are a great foundation for growing the sense of community in your classroom. You can find further resources and strategies on the Facing History and Ourselves website; these can help to build classroom communities while also improving student empathy, cooperation, and preparing your kids to be successful adults and community members in the future. Also, check out the Classroom Organization Bundle that will make building classroom community a breeze in your back-to-school preparations! You can find more teacher tools and classroom management resources available on Michele Luck's Social Studies.


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5 Strategies for Teaching Student Responsibility

5 Strategies for Teaching Student Responsibility


As middle school and high school teachers, our classrooms are full of young, budding students who are adjusting to a mature school career in which teachers don't hand-hold, emphasize syllables in a verbal spelling test, or allow attempt after attempt on a failed assignment that the dog ate. It isn't easy! It is our responsibility as teachers to develop lesson plans that not only teach content but also responsibility, accountability, career skills, people skills, and more. Focusing on academic knowledge alone gets the job done, but we are still failing our students by forgoing life skills and responsibility in the classroom. Fostering these "non-academic" skills will not only produce a student with good grades, but with well-rounded life skills as well.

Start off the new school year with great strategies under your belt for teaching student responsibility. Helping your middle or high school students learn about responsibility and accountability can help them better prepare for their careers or their futures. #teaching #responsibility #lessons #lessonplans #tpt #students #teachers

While teaching life skills, responsibility, and accountability to our students is necessary, it can be difficult. Using these 5 incredible strategies for teaching student responsibility will help teachers to integrate lessons on responsibility into their regular content-centered lesson plans. As the old adage goes, give a man a fish and he eats for a day, but teach a man to fish and he eats for life. Teaching your students responsibility will not only make your job and their studies easier, but will also set them up for success in life. 

5 Incredible Strategies for Teaching Student Responsibility

1. Keeping & Organizing a Class Notebook or Interactive Notebook

When combined with other engaging lessons, including components below used to foster responsibility, an Interactive Notebook can be a great tool for teaching student responsibility! If used correctly, the IN encourages mind mapping, provides clear expectations for classwork, and requires students to remain responsible and on-task throughout the semester.

2. Classroom jobs

Classroom jobs are elevated beyond elementary ideas of line leader and door holder. You can teach responsibility to your students by delegating jobs like taking attendance, managing classroom supplies and books, controlling external distractions, keeping the class on task, and assisting the teacher. 

3. Homework

Homework buzzes continuously as a hot topic in the teaching world, but the truth remains. Assigning homework, and expecting students to actually complete it thoroughly and on time, instills a sense of responsibility. Don't allow your students every excuse in the book to miss deadlines or turn in half-completed assignments.

4. Group Leadership & Collaboration

One of the most sure-fire methods to encouraging responsibility is to make a student responsible for the success of others. Using these group leadership and collaboration tactics can ensure the growth of student responsibility in your classroom.

Café Conversations
By highlighting conflicting opinions in a small group setting, students are provided with a perspective on a topic or lesson that differs from their own. This teaching strategy works well when the teacher assigns perspectives that will open a dialogue and encourage students to consider the information they must present from an unbiased point of view.

Human Timeline
Bring a boring, two-dimensional timeline to life by assigning content and dates to each of your students and having them physically stand in chronological order. Not only will this engage students and get them out of their seats, requiring cooperation and collaboration among them, but it will help retention of "boring" dates.

Graffiti Boards
Graffiti may be illegal on the streets but it's quite beneficial in the classroom. Graffiti boards are a central place for student collaboration. Students write questions or comments on the graffiti board, allowing others to take responsibility and provide answers, ask follow-up questions, or consider new perspectives and opinions.

5. Presentations

Just as the pieces of a puzzle fit together perfectly, providing the viewer with a complete picture, your students can become the pieces of a figurative jigsaw puzzle in your classroom. Have each student learn about a certain topic or sub-topic and then collaborate with the rest of the class, disseminating the information to their classmates. Having students become an authority on a specific idea or topic instills in them the gravity of their participation for the success of their friends and classmates.

Bonus Resources!

For more ideas, check out Teaching Students Responsibility, Teaching Strategies that Instruct Responsibility and Getting Students to Take Responsibility for Learning! Also, encourage your students to take an active part in their learning experience, which will further foster responsibility, by taking a Student Survey.

Also check out the Facing History website for more teaching strategies that can foster student responsibility and other critical classroom skills!

There are unlimited resources online that can help to build student responsibility in your classroom, but the greatest indicator of a successful classroom is commitment from both the teacher and students. Teaching your students the importance of their responsibility and then incorporating these requirements into your curriculum will ensure that your students will be more responsible by year's end. Use these 5 strategies for teaching student responsibility to foster a sense of class-wide responsibility. 



Start off the new school year with great strategies under your belt for teaching student responsibility. Helping your middle or high school students learn about responsibility and accountability can help them better prepare for their careers or their futures. #teaching #responsibility #lessons #lessonplans #tpt #students #teachers
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