I started a new job as a tutor for Boltz middle school and part of my job is to grade students notes and planners. They take cornell notes and for those of you who don’t know what cornell notes are, here is a picture… the measurements aren’t enforced because thats silly, but the rest is pretty much the same.
I guess part of me feels like it’s a great idea because it helps students stay organized and keep their thoughts together and in order. Then I also feel like it’s wrong to tell kids how to take notes because we feel it’s what will be best for them… don’t all kids learn differently? Im for it, but i’m also against it. A students complained to me today (AFTER getting an “a” on her notes) telling me how much she hates the forced way of notes. Yeah, she knows how to do it she said, but she feels like she really doesn’t learn much, she just knows what the teachers are looking for. So i guess thats her fault… but still. I just don’t think its the best way. What do you guys think? Will you have a set way for your students to take notes??