Presentation on theme: "Focused Note Taking Essential Question: How does focused note taking increase my chances of earning an advanced grade?"— Presentation transcript:
1 Focused Note TakingEssential Question: How does focused note taking increase my chances of earning an advanced grade?
2 Focused Note Taking Why should I take notes? Note taking stimulates critical thinking skills.Note taking helps you remember what is said in class.A good set of notes can help you work on assignments and prepare for tests outside of the classroom.
3 Focused Note TakingTo minimize your “rate of forgetting”Dr. Walter Pauk, Cornell University Reading CenterDon’t take notes = Forget 60 % in 14 daysTake some notes = Remember 60 %Take organized notes and do something with them=Remember % indefinitely!How does note taking help me remember important things?
5 Focused Note Taking When should I take notes? Notes are a record of your learning, so take them when:You listen to a lectureYou read a textYou watch a filmYou work in a group on an activityYou need to recall information about what happened to you in a class, meeting, or activity--which means always!When should Itake notes?
6 Focused Note TakingWhat do I notice that is different about Focused Notes from other notes I may have created?There is always an essential question that is at the top.They are divided into two parts: questions and notesThere is a reflection at the end that ALWAYS answers the EQ.There is room for a topicThey are labeled with name, date, class, and period.
7 Focused Note Taking What types of questions should I place on the left side?Questions which are answered in the notes on the rightQuestions you still need the answer to--ask a friend or the teacher after classQuestions the teacher might ask on a testQuestions that your teacher specifically asks you to address in your notes.Higher level thinking questions
8 Focused Note Taking What are some good tips for taking the notes on theright?Write only what is most important:listen for repetition, change in pace or volume, numbering, explicit clues (“this is important,” or “on the test”);watch for gestures, or clues to organization;look for material being written down by instructor or shared in a visual mannerAcademic vocabulary and definitions.
9 Focused Note Taking What are some good tips for taking the notes on theright?Write in your own words (paraphrase)Write using abbreviations (check a dictionary for these and create your own)Draw a figure or diagramLeave space where you think you might need to “fill in” info laterUse bullets, arrows, and indenting to list key ideasWrite legibly
10 Focused Note Taking What are some good tips for taking the notes on theright?Actively listenUse SLANTMaintain eye contact with the speaker, group, or presentation sourceNod your head at appropriate timesAsk relevant questionsAnswer questions posed by the instructorMake a written record
11 Focused Note Taking What are some ways Focused Notes are scored? For most purposes- the notes are graded using the Rule3 Questions minimum in the left margin4 Sentence response at the bottom of the page that answers the essential question.5 key terms defined and circled/highlighted in the body of the notes.What are some ways Focused Notes are scored?
12 Focused Note TakingThe last part we need to complete is the reflection. (Let’s answer the essential question.)Reflection- Focused Note Taking will help me earn an advanced grade a couple of ways. First- focused notes will help me record important information that I know I am required to know as a 7th grader. Secondly- based on the Curve of Forgetting- if I study organized notes at regular intervals I will remember % of the information. And lastly, I can use my focused notes as a study guide to increase my chances at EARNING an advanced grade.
13 Focused Note Taking 1. Take out your Cornell Notes from yesterday. 2. You are going to meet with a partner and share notes.3. This is an opportunity to add to your notes from yesterday’s presentation.
14 Focused Note Taking1. Lets look at the notes on the back of your notes2. What do you notice that is the SAME about the notes you created?3. What do you notice that is DIFFERENT from the notes you created?
15 Focused Note Taking Game 1. You are going to be playing as a team with your row.2. The person that is in the front is the one person that can answer the question. After reading the question- write your answer on your white board and turn it over.3. The students sitting behind the person in the front can study their notes- but cannot talk to others in their group- nor- help the person that is answering the question.