I am looking for some feedback on an issue I have struggled with for the last two years. It is regarding the question of whether students should be required to take notes during a lecture. I teach high school Social Studies on a 85-min. block schedule. I have found that my students depend on more of teacher-centered environment for at least half of the block in order for me to explain the content for the day. I then try to mix up the day's lessons with some sort of engaging student-centered activity. During the first half, when I am explaining the content, I want students to write down information from lecture but they resist doing so because they do not have an incentive to do so. This past school year, I attached a participation grade to "taking notes" and docked points for the week if they did not have any notes at the end of the week when I checked. (I allowed notes to be optional for students who have an "A" in the class.) This turned out to work in the beginning but soon turned into students obsessing over points/grade rather than learning the content. So I am looking for ideas on how anyone else does lecture, handles note-taking, etc.?