One of the elective classes we offer at our school is called Strategies for Success. It's designed to help students with organizational and study skills. Carla, one of our Strategies teachers, asked my co-librarian and I to develop a lesson on note taking to teach different note taking techniques -- we ended up with an activity that could be applied across content areas or used independently by students who want to explore different ways to take notes.
We began by selecting five different note taking strategies:
Our learning target was fairly simple:
I can learn about and practice using several different note taking strategies.
I will know I have it when I have figured out which strategies work best in different situations AND which one works best for me personally.
And then, graphic organizer in hand, our students got to work. They spent about 20-25 minutes per station, working through all five strategies in about three 45 minute class periods.
It was an easy and fun way to expose kids to a variety of note taking strategies. How do you teach note taking skills to your students? Could you use this lesson in your classroom or library?
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