How many of you guys do composition lab notebooks (I guess interactive notebooks would count). I tried doing them for two years and here's what I learned. They are impossible to grade. I have to collect 120 notebooks anytime I want to grade anything in there, and since that's a big deal, I rarely do it, which means, that I probably have way too many assignments to grade, which means it takes forever, and while you're grading them, you can't do assignments in them. It's also really hard to find the correct page to grade, especially if the student doesn't keep it organized, and sometimes they just don't have the assignment done and you're spending your time looking for an assignment that's not there. If a student drops the ball on keeping it organized, that's it. It requires the kids to do way too much writing (during my class time) for tasks that would probably have been fine printed. If you give things to students to cut and paste things in them (maybe to reduce the amount of writing), it takes too much time to cut and paste, and makes a mess. You also have to buy enough glue when it runs out. I did not have good experiences with notebooks, so I think I'm nixing them next year and just going to a section in the binder. The benefits of this I think will be: I can just have students turn in one or two pages out of the binder section. If they drop the ball on organization, it will be easy to pick up where they left off, since they can get extras of the papers, and can move pages around in their notebooks. I can get things graded and back to them faster and more frequently without having to lug around 120 heavy notebooks. I can just give students handouts for the labs to fill out, with more or less scaffolding as needed, but still on easy to collect handouts. No need to cut and paste anything. Just copying and holepunching, which I do anyway, and is easy to do. Did you have similar issues if you've used lab notebooks or interactive notebooks. If you didn't, how did you solve those issues?