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The Cornell Way

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Jennifer Hatcher

on 15 February 2017

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The Cornell Way
When should students take Cornell Notes?
Use the 10-2-2 Method
10 minutes of a presentation (information for notes)
2 minutes to reflect and write
2 minutes to share
Can you answer the essential question in your own words?
Write a summary at the bottom of your notes. Your summary should:
Be written in your own words
Answer the essential question
Include specific details relating to the main ideas and questions you developed in the left margin
Written in 3-5 complete sentences
How do we teach our students to study their Cornell Notes ?
Take 2 minutes to chunk your notes and write your questions in the left margin
Take 2 minutes to compare your questions to a partner sitting next to you.
If you like something they wrote and you want to add to yours, add it in
Sample questions might include:
Why is repetition important for memory retention? or
What is the 10-24-7 Strategy and Why does it work?

*Assign the Revision Checklist as a
homework assignment
*Provide a Revision Checklist for students to reference in their binders
Allow students to keep their Cornell Notes and Interactive Journals in their binder. They can't study something that's left in the classroom over
Encourage parents to look for Cornell Notes from your subject area at home as they encourage their child to study.
Involve Parents
Let students compare their notes
Let students collaborate to improve the quality of notes
Call on students to read aloud their summary
Allow students 5 minutes before a test to use the fold-over method to study and to quiz each other
Encourage Collaboration
Empower your students
Allow students to take REAL ownership of their own learning
Items needed:
Red pen
Encourage Collaboration
Let students develop questions together in the beginning
Allow students to compare their revisions
Have students exchange ideas and add new information to their notes
Have them read their summaries aloud to one another to hold them accountable for their writing
Consider allowing students to have 5 minutes before a test or quiz to use the fold-over method to quiz each other
1) Use the Revision Checklist to revise your c-notes on this presentation. Once finished, compare what you did with a partner nearby.

2) When you have students complete this activity, have them justify why they circled a key term to their partner.
Let's Take 5 Minutes
to Practice!
Essential Questions are:
Given by the teacher to the students to start the focused note-taking process
An overarching question that focuses the note-taking for the students
LO's written in a question format
What are Cornell Notes and how can they help my students make better grades?
What is our Essential Question?
Ways ALL teachers at Greiner can support Literacy
Require students to write the summary in complete sentences. The note-taking itself should be short phrases and abbreviated, but not the summary.
Remind students that a summary includes important details from the Beginning, Middle, and End of the notes (known as the BME strategy in Reading).
Have the students read their written summaries aloud to a partner on a regular basis.
ALL subject areas should be using either Cornell Notes or Interactive Notebooks on a regular basis
Any time a new concept is introduced in class
During direct teaching times, lectures, videos, and Power Point Presentations
During Student Presentations
Table Discussion Questions:

1.) What were your own personal experiences like with note-taking and learning to take notes? What are some struggles you or your students encounter with note-taking? How will teaching our students to take Cornell Notes help them?
2.) What are some different ways you can differentiate C-Notes for students with learning disabilities, for LEP students, for TAG students, etc?
3.) Looking at the steps of the Cornell Way, which step do you think most students struggle with the most? What are some ways you could help them with that step?
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