Independent Reading Check-in

The week before Thanksgiving break, we set independent reading goals, and now it’s time to see how we did! Please bring your book to class. On days 5 and 6 (Tuesday and Wednesday), we’ll update our reading logs, see how we did with our last goal, and set new goals.

On Days 7 and 8, will get back to note taking!


Long Term Goal Setting

Most of the goals we set are either short term (what we’ll do today or tomorrow), or medium term (what we’ll do in the next week or two. ) It is really important to do that. But once in a while, it makes sense to reflect briefly about our longer term goals.

On day 3 and 4 this rotation (the Wednesday before Thanksgiving break and the Monday after), we’ll take a break from note taking to do just that. We’ll reflect on what we’ve been doing well, and what we want to work on for the rest of the semester and the rest of the year. And we’ll get back to the regular rotation after that.

PowerSchool Check-in and Goal Setting Conference

It’s time for a PowerSchool check and SMART goal setting conference.

Please make sure you come come to your conference ready to talk about any missing assignments; what you are doing well; and what you want to work on in the coming 10 days!

Also please make sure you have a working copy of Notability on your IPad, as we will be learning some new ways to take notes using that device next time we meet.

Why take notes?

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at a new study skill: note taking. We’ll There are many ways to take notes, but before we look at those, we’ll look at why note taking works. We’ll start looking at different notetaking strategies when we get back to note taking again on day 3/4.

There is a lot of research about note taking and how it can help us learn better. Taking notes basically does two things. First, it helps us store information so we can review it later. But it also does something else: by taking notes, we don’t just write things on paper or type them into our I Pads–we actually write (or ‘encode’) things into our brain. So note taking is good for storing information and for encoding information.

There are a lot of ways we can take notes. To get us thinking about note taking, I’m posting a list of note taking tips from Texas Tech University. I went ahead and took notes on the page about note-taking…I used highlighter and I wrote on the text electronically using good reader.

First read the tips below. (If the embedded file is difficult to see, you can try this link.) Then in the comments section, please list one or two ways in which you take notes and how your note taking helps you.