This is a piggyback thread from the note-taking thread. I got beyond frustrated with my on-level class today. First of all, I teach in a department where it is expected that everyone follows pretty much the same plans and uses the same powerpoints for instruction. We can tweak things but overall the students should have the same notes available to them. I was given a CD with powerpoints, guided notes and the tests when I started working. It has its pros and cons. Well, twice this semester I have copied the guided notes to give to my on-level students and they did not match the powerpoints completely. I usually check them against the notes but for today's lesson I did not. My students are quite lazy and refuse to work for their learning. Today they whined and whined about the guided notes. I explained to them in the beginning that the guided notes were to help them. If they were confusing, a font they didn't like, too small, etc. they were welcome to abandon them and take notes in a format they prefer. If my notes do not help you, then do not waste time on them. So after being told I should just fill in the notes and hand them to the class I announced that I was no longer going to provide guided notes. And I won't. I also announced to the class today that I am no longer working harder in the class than they are. Whine, whine, whine. Grumble, grumble, grumble. It is apparent that the more I give to them in order to help their GRADES the less work they are willing to do to LEARN. Why should they bother to work if I keep making it easy to replace this or that? Very few students bring supplies to class. Very few do their homework. So, I need some advice on how to get these students working toward their own goals in the classroom. I would love to see how some of you actually teach the art of taking notes. I taught them how to outline their chapters during the first week of school and haven't really referred back to it. It was a huge mess in my on-level class. I cannot wait for them to write every single word down from the powerpoints. How else can I make them more responsible for their own learning? I told them today to prepare for a quiz everyday on the previous day's notes and/or homework. But I have to refrain from dumbing that down too. Any help?