Filing and Finding Our Notes

For day 1 and 2 this cycle (Friday and Monday), we’ve been focussed on monthly and quarterly progress monitoring probes. These give me insight into how you read and do math, and that helps me think about what to focus on going forward.

For days 3 and 4 (Tuesday and Wednesday) we’ll get back to note taking. Today, we’ll talk about how we organize our notes once we take them. As we’ve discussed, note taking helps us remember important ideas, even if we don’t review them later. But if we do review our notes later, we can learn even more. In order to review our notes, though, we have to be able to find them! Different people organize their notes in different ways. These include:

  • Three ring binder, with dividers for subjects and classes;
  • Spiral notebook, one per class;
  • Digital folders (we’ll set up folders in Notability tomorrow).

What system do you use so that you can find your notes? Or if you don’t have a system, what system do you want to try? Please share your thinking by commenting on this post.

What have you been reading?

This week on days 5 and 6 (Friday and Monday), we’ll be thinking about independent reading. Not only is independent reading fun, it’s also good for you! Today, you’ll update your old reading log (if you have one) and turn it in via Google Classroom. Then you’ll down load a Semester 2 reading log, fill in what you read over the break, and add a comment to this blog about the most interesting thing you read.

I’ll get you started with an example. Over the break, I read several books. Since I don’t have a reading log, I’ll share them below; I’ve listed the authors first, and then the name of the books.

  • Adil Jussawalla, I Dreamt a Horse Fell From the Sky
  • John Ashbery, Where Shall I Wander
  • Keki N. Daruwalla, Under Orion
  • Kenneth Koch, Sun Out
  • R. Parthasarthy, Ten Twentieth Century Indian Poets

All but one were collections of poetry. My favorite was I Dreamt a Horse Fell From the Sky by Adil Jussawalla, in part because it was a mix of poetry, fiction and non-fiction essays. It is rare to see that kind of variety in a book. It was a just right book for me, which means it wasn’t written for middle schoolers. Although I chose the book for the poetry and fiction, which were great, what I loved most were the essays. They made me think about many things that I’ve never thought about before.

What about you? What was the most interesting book you read over the break–and why? Please write a couple of sentences in the comments below.

Welcome back!

It’s great to see so many new faces and few old ones!

We’re starting out this semester by getting back into routines. If you’re returning from last term, you’ll be filling out your study plans carefully and getting a good start to the second semester.

If you’re new to class, we’ll be working with you to teach your our routines and get you caught up on what we’ve done so far with our note taking unit.