What can you have students do with notes?

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    In my art classes I will have lectures from time to time. I try to keep them to one per unit, but it's usually more. I have the kids take Cornell notes because that way I know they are paying attention (if they didn't have to respond by doing something they'd tune out) and as a reference in answering warm-up questions sometimes.

    I've also tried open-note tests, but I hate writing them. Does anyone have suggestions on how they can use notes? In fact, if there's something else they can do as a response to my lectures, I'd be open to that as well.
     
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    Is your goal to check to see that they have their notes? Or is it to have them apply and analyze the information in the notes? If you just want to check that they have taken the notes, periodic notebook or binder tests are sufficient for that.

    What if instead of you making the quiz, they use their own notes to each come up with five questions about the material. My students have a list of question stems sorted by level (sortof Bloom's taxonomy but more simple) and when I have them do this I give them a certain number from each type that they must have. Then we use the questions for a variety of things. Sometimes they trade with a partner and quiz each other. Sometimes they email them all to me and I put them in a Kahoot really quickly. It depends on the purpose of the activity. Also, I save the questions and use them when it's time to write unit tests!
     
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    Good question... In the past I have used study guides to keep students on track. Basically I put a few questions that are key points in my lesson on them and they have to answer the questions in their own words.

    The only problem is that I then have to either grade them or at least check them. I try not to do anything that involves more paperwork for me, so I can't say I use them often! :)

    I am curious, what are Cornell notes?

    Adam
     
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    Those are some great ideas! If kids write the questions and then quiz each other I may be able to avoid writing up a test. But I would need a method. Can you describe the steps you've used?

    To answer your first question, I'd like them to regularly refer to their notes for critical thinking questions and have them as a reference for the whole unit. The problem I've had in the past is that they have taken the notes, had them graded and passed back, and then they just sit in their binders never to be looked at again.
     
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    Cornell notes are a popular and simple format. It's like a T-chart, if you've heard of that. They write the subject in the left column and notes on the subject on the right. At the bottom they summarize the notes when done with the lecture/activity. I adapted the method primarily because most of my students were already familiar with them, so I assume a lot of teachers in my district are introducing them in middle school. I've even seen them used in an elementary classroom.
     
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    Thanks for the info... My elementary and middle school uses thinking maps; they sound somewhat similar. Pretty much a standardized graphics organizer for students to record notes... good times...

    Adam
     
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    Could you please describe the specific method of having kids create the questions?
     
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    Depending on the activity, I tell them to work by themselves or with a partner to come up with questions about the lecture using their notes. I remind them to use the list of questions stems I gave them. Then we use them for some type of cooperative learning activity. I also save them to use on quizzes. When they work with a partner, they can challenge that a question is worded incorrectly or has an incorrect answer. That just means I go over and look at it to make sure it's correct. If it isn't, we correct it.
     
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    What are some of the stems?
     
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    This is the handout I use. It's broken up the way it is to match my speech curriculum.

    Questions of Fact:

    When did ________ take place?
    List the ________ .
    Define the term ________.
    What is a ________?
    Who did ________?
    Name ________.


    Questions of Interpretation:

    Predict what will happen if ________ .
    Solve the problem ________ .
    What is the overall theme of ________ ?
    Develop a plan to ________ .
    What rule applies here?
    What generalization can you make from this information?
    Create a ________ . Or: Design a ________ .
    Propose a solution to the problem of _______.
    How does ________ work?
    What caused ________ ?
    What is another possible cause of ________ ?
    Outline the ________ .
    In what sequence did ________ happen?
    Give an example of ________ .
    What information is needed? Is the information relevant?
    Into what groups can you organize these?
    Draw a picture that illustrates what's described.
    Separate the ________ from the ________ .
    Analyze how ________ .
    What kind of a ________ is this?
    Which one doesn't belong in this group?
    What is the purpose of ________ ?
    What is the relationship between ________ and ________ ?

    Questions of Evaluation:

    Was ________ worth the costs? Explain your answer.
    Was the argument convincing? What makes you think so?
    Did ________ behave appropriately? Why?
    What would you have done in this situation? Why?
    Judge which is the best solution to the problem of ________ ? Why do you think so?
    How well are the conclusions supported by the data/ facts/evidence? Explain.
    Did ________ choose a wise course of action? Give reasons.
    Apply a scoring rubric to this piece of work. Explain why you are assigning each score.
    What would you have done in this situation? Why?
    Justify your evaluation.
    Which ________ is the best? Why do you think so?
    Whose arguments/evidence was more convincing? Why?
    If you were the judge, what would your decision be? Why?
    Give and justify your opinion on ________ .
     
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    These are awesome. Thanks so much!:)
     
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    They ask if notes are taken for a grade - I say yes and give them 1 point.

    Occasionally, I model note-taking on the board.

    During lecture, I use lots of checks and ask questions/seek input.
     
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    Make scrapbook-style notebooks?
     
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    What are those?
     
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    Is it legitimate to just have kids take notes for the sake of paying attention and writing things down? Making tests is tedious, and I don't want them to write essays with their notes anymore.
     
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    If they are not going to be assessed on it, they will not be as careful when taking notes, or some may stop completely. You should keep some way to assess that they have taken notes and understood the material.
     
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    If you use a rubric along with your projects, include questions as part of your grading system. Students can use their notes to answer the questions.
     

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