## Note-Taking Strategies

**NOTE-TAKING STRATEGIES OVERVIEW**

My students are no more than two years away from attending college, so it is a priority for them to develop excellent note-taking strategies. My goal is for students to develop skills such as annotating text, rewording vocabulary, summarizing verbal and written key points, and organizing mathematical thinking. I expose my students to notes that follow a PowerPoint presentation format, because the format is highly used in university settings. I model note-taking and use positive narration, circulation, and scaffolded questions to engage students.

After exploring key terms and concepts, I use a gradual release model to engage my students in example problems. My students first actively observe and participate in an example that I model solving on the board. Then, students work as a whole class to solve a similar, but less scaffolded problem, which I call a "You Try". The You Try is led by several students who solve the problem on the board. Next, students work independently for 8 minutes on the classwork, in order to self-assess how much they know. Finally, students work with their desk partners for 10 minutes to complete the classwork. During this time, I am also circulating the classroom to help students in small groups and individually.

There are a tremendous number of intersections between mathematics and technology, so I integrate technology into every lesson in my Algebra II curriculum. We frequently use videos, online activities, games, and surveys to enhance instruction and practice real-world applications. In addition, graphing calculators are a primary method of technology integration in my classroom. At the beginning of the school year, I communicate to parents and guardians via a paper newsletter that their child is required to bring a graphing calculator to class each day. I explicitly teach students how to use their graphing calculators by engaging them in calculator exploration activities and showing them specific calculator techniques through a document camera.

Please scroll down or click on the table of contents below to learn more about my guided notes, gradual release model, and integrated technology.

**TABLE OF CONTENTS**

__Guided Notes__

Gradual Release Model

Integrated Technology

Gradual Release Model

Integrated Technology