The teachers at Elsie Allen have
made a schoolwide agreement to use "Cornell or Focused Notetaking"
in all classes. This will not be that different from how I have
requested notes to be taken in the past. The purpose of this style
of note taking is to focus on organization and multiple encoding
techniques to better understand and remember new information.
*When you take notes in class, they might be sloppy
or disorganized because you are trying to get so much information
*Within 24 hours, look over your notes and figure
out what they mean. Copy down the important information again
NEATLY and add any explanations so you will remember and
understand them better.
*Organize into Outline Form or Bullet Form and put
DATES on your notes!
CORNELL NOTE TAKING
On each page, you will put the Date,
Topic, Subject, and Source (where you are getting your info). A
vertical margin is made about 5-7 cm (2-3 in.) from the left side
of the paper. The right side of the paper is then used to organize
the notes taken in class.
After Notes have been put on
the right side, explanation, definitions, headings, comments,
illustrations, clarification, or questions are put in the margin
on the left further organizing your notes and allowing you to go
through them more easily and thoroughly. This is called Reflection.
of the day's information is then made in the bottom margin.
Additionally, you will be required to know many
terms for each topic we cover. Each term should be written in your
notes with definitions and pictures. It is also a very good idea
to include new words/terms/definitions that might not be specific
to the topic but helpful in increasing your vocabulary. Any
questions about this may be addressed in class. See example below:
For full credit, you must have all of the following; Dates (on every page) Notes
(quantity and quality of all information) including... Vocabulary
terms) Reflection (on every page) Summary(on each page and
ideally, a main summary at the end) Evaluation(for
higher level [3-4] credit)
Level 4 - E:
Evaluation/thoughts/higher order connecting of ideas Level 3 - CO/S: Content Objective/Summaries Level 2 - V/R: Vocabulary/Reflection Level 1 - Less than basic (not including all of the