**really**struggled with maintaining their notebooks this year will improve as 8th graders.

This past year, I used this rubric that I found on this great blog to grade my students' notebooks each marking period:

While I liked the rubric, it really didn't fit all of my needs. It was a little too general and didn't include anything for my Math Dictionary section

*(which some kids tended to skip out on)*. Each marking period as I went through my 100+ notebooks, I made a list of things to use on a new rubric. I found that some students had a hard time numbering the pages correctly. I also found lots of doodles and some work for other classes scattered throughout the notebooks. And, I was receiving some notebooks that were falling apart! Missing covers, lots of missing pages...it was a nightmare! I want my students to treat their interactive notebooks like a textbook; they are that important!

So,in June, after my final notebook collection, I went through my list and created my own rubric. I divided the rubric into two main sections: Neatness & Organization and Required Elements. For Neatness & Organization, the main areas of focus are: Handwriting, Doodles, Physical Condition of Notebook, and Section Content. For Required Elements, the main areas of focus are: Beginning Pages, Notes, Miscellaneous, and Math Dictionary. Students can score a 1, 2, or 3 in each category for a total of 24 possible points. This rubric holds the kids much more accountable for every aspect of their notebook and is much more specific. I am really excited to use it! I will have them glue a copy of the rubric into the beginning of their notebooks again as a constant reminder of what is expected of them.

Here it is:

If you'd like to use it, you can get it at my TpT store or my TN store.

I nominated you for the Liebster award

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Elizabeth

thank you! i'll check it out!

Deletethis is really great!

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Elizabeth

Hodges Herald

thanks!

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