Best Practices: Applications or Examples of the Strategy:

Summarizing and Note Taking

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Teach students how to summarize short reading selections

Read a short section. Ask, "What was the most important information in the selection?" and then ask, "So What?" If it affects the plot, record it in your notes; if not, it is not important and do not include it in your notes.

English:during reading selections in class

Use foldables to reinforce and or take notes, applying to both the visual and kinesthetic learner

Select a concept like mapping and then divide into physical, political, and thematic sections. Then draw the maps with map parts, identify the parts at the bottom.
- Foldables for math can have the steps of a process or problem solving with examples; OR figures & shapes, with rules & descriptor and examples of each; OR parts of a problem

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Summarizing decision making

Making all notes smart board files.

Students can get a copy of the lesson with the teacher's own handwriting. You can import video and pictures directly from the gallery. Everything is interactive and hands-on. Math becomes more interesting and the students are always engaged. The TI-84 also has a smart view program so that the whole class can see keystrokes and graphs while the teacher is at the board.

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Cornell Note taking
Simplies the ability to take notes by listening for key words and writing abbreviated definitions for vocabulary words/concepts. Cornell encourages use of visuals.

To encourage Notetaking (writing steps or process in words) & copying sample problems in math

Verbalize steps for problem solving & have students write them & say them as they explain HW or sample problems on the board. Have entire class copy examples in notes, then next day give short quiz with one of the problems being a problem from yesterday's examples that was done on the board. For instance: #4 on quiz is "prob. 2 from yesterday - use your notes".


Give students an empty Thinking Map as an advance organizer

Teacher can fill out a few topics or subtopics in areas of the map but be sure to include enough blank spaces for students to add all of the vital elements that should be included for notes. Have them complete the map as their notes

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Thinking Map to Summarize

Have students create their own Thinking Map to summarize a topic. If they have already done a map, make them do a different type of map on the same topic to summarize the key points. Be sure to include pictures or graphics

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