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 clarification of what we have seen and heard already. My conclusion for now is that structures should be explicitly taught:
1) when it makes sense to do so (after seeing patterns in CI, when you can infer a rule from content),
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 on 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!