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Taking Notes in Middle School!

Feb 10, 2013 1:31pm

I am looking for a new way to take notes in the classroom, that is interesting and engaging for the students. Any ideas are welcome!

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    • Feb 21, 2013 6:34am

      I have used the Cornell method for 20 plus years in middle school and high school. We first model the method working together as a class on a few examples. Afterwards students work in small groups making sure everyone has a chance to paraphrase, summarize, draw/label, and most importantly, put information in their own words. When students fully understand how to use this method and actively review the notes it adds a valuable strategy to their tool box. We call them fat-side\skinny side notes in 6th grade and C-notes in the upper grades.

      • Feb 13, 2013 11:51am

        I agree with Lily. Index cards (college-style notes) will prepare your students for college note-taking. However, this can get a little $.

        • Feb 25, 2013 10:25am

          I like Cornell too, and you may have seen this already, but it is a simple method using sticky notes, but could be useful.