I feel a little weird on my grammar section here, after I write a lengthy post about getting rid of my textbook. I do teach some grammar, though I’m still working out the when and how much of it. Whereas I used to see grammar as the building blocks to learning a language, I now see it as clarifying patterns we’ve already have seen and heard. My conclusion for now is that structures should be explicitly taught:
1) when it makes sense to do so (after noticing patterns, in context)
2) as efficiently and clearly as possible (be brief),
3) with only the necessary explanation (don’t get bogged down in minute exceptions in low-level classes).
One of the criticisms of interactive notebooks is that they take up a ton of time. While that can be true, it doesn’t have to be. In this case, having a hands-on way to organize the info makes it extra clear and more efficient than taking notes or getting a handout, I think. You’ll notice here and in my TpT shop that my interactive notebook resources are pretty plain-Jane. I try to keep cutting lines simple, and I also structure many of the foldables and flip-flaps as left-and-right columns, to maintain the singular-plural visual pattern.
Let me know what you think!