Note Taking Intro

This week on Monday and Tuesday (Day 3 and 4), we’ll practice taking real notes on a video about…note taking. It’s about six minutes long, and it moves pretty fast. Your job is to do the following things:

  • Choose a note taking system to use. It could be bullet points (a simplified outline); mind map/web; Cornell notes; or another system you like.
  • Take notes on the video lecture. You should be able to capture the following information:
    • The names of all five methods.
    • one or two pieces of information about each.

This ‘lecture’ moves pretty fast. If you need to go back to get another look, you can watch the video again. You can take notes on your Ipad or on a piece of paper–your choice.

Now let’s watch!

Note Taking Practice

This week on Friday and Monday (days 3 and 4), we’ll practice taking notes. We’ll watch a six minute video and practice our note taking skills. Try to use a method that involves either hierarchy (e.g., big idea/bullet points) or shows a relationships between ideas (e.g., a mind map).

Today’s practice video is directly related to eighth grade POP project, but I think it will be interesting for all of you.


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.

Introduction to Note Taking with Notability

On the next day 7 and 8 (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll be exploring different ways we can take notes using Notability. Many of the things we do with Notability can be done on paper and pencil, but Notability does offer some unique features. Here are a few of the things we’ll look at how to do:

  • Type
  • Write, erase and resize with a finger or stylus
  • Use and annotate photos (how and when to take them)
  • Highlight text that is written on existing documents

I’ll be ‘lecturing’ on this material, while you take notes, so come with you IPad, please.