Where's Your Margin!?: 5 Ways to Reimagine the Use of the Humble Copybook
1. Use one copybook for everything! I tried this one year and it really helped me keep track of children's progress across a range of subjects, and the feedback from one subject or area could be followed up in another. It also stopped the big hullabaloo of giving out copies! Each child has their one copy and it stays on their desk.
2. Use your copybook for everything! Get out of the habit of just putting the good work in copies . I used mine for spider grams, mind-maps, shared work, group work, pictures and lots more. Copies are not a prize ornament on a shelf, they need to be used creatively and purposefully.
3. Bye bye worksheets! Do you hate finding multiple pages stuck between books in bags, or left on desks? I used my copies and I stuck the worksheets in! I always photocopied them half of an A4 size and they fit on the copy page, this was literally a life saver, and again, the work was all in one place!
4. The creative copy.... I used copybooks for some finished early activities where the children can use them to do whatever they like in them!
5. Cut the pages out! When we needed work for our self-assessment folders, we cut them out of our copies, we were not precious about it! It was also helpful to actually review our copy work and figure out what work we would like to present!
Copies are a stable to the Irish classroom but with a little reimagining, they can be a great up to date resource!