Great question on managing them. I address 5 notebooks a day informally during individual conferences. I use a rubric to address the various components and have a parent that picks them up on Fridays and returns them in the afternoon (I know. Lucky!). I do have a rubric that I have used for a grade. I'll get it posted here shortly for you. But other than grades, I am perfectly fine with not using it as a grade anyway. I do like it to make it home once a week so parents can see what we are doing (eg- notes section, reading log, our letters to each other, vocabulary collected, etc.).
I hope that helps...
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