Hello, Last year was my first year of teaching, and the special education teacher with whom I worked emphasized that I provide students with a print out of my PowerPoint slides so that they could fill in the blanks to take notes. Although this method was easy for students, I found that it was a BIG waste of paper and that it promoted rote learning more than anything else. When I was a student, I was always expected to take notes independently from what the teacher was saying or presenting. This no longer seems to be the expectation, at least where I teach. I wish, however, that I could have students do more of the latter than the former. What type of note taking methods do you use in your classroom that are based more on independent learning than note taking via fill in the blank? Keep in mind that I only have students take notes for 10-15 minutes a day.