My one good thing is watching my students use their interactive notebook to complete a handout. The handout was based on calculators so they had to read, follow directions, do things on the calculator, and then write answers.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching students’ facial expressions: focused, determined, satisfaction.
I liked seeing that the notebooks were useful, that the activity demanded the notebook’s use rather than my voice, and that my directions were specific enough for students to accomplish their tasks.
Following directions and working independently are such important life skills- we can never emphasize them too much!