I enjoy when I see intersections of new instructional models and proven teaching methods. For example, the 5E instructional model for teaching creates a streamlined template to design 1 to 1 instruction in a middle school class. Simply create your lesson document in Google, share it with your learners and it can guide their lesson experiment.
Recently I was looking at the second part of the 5E model, explore. In this portion of my 5E lessons students can read or watch instructional content to gain understanding of the topic. As I was considering how to improve student learning, I realized this was the perfect opportunity to include a Cornell Notes template into the activity. By asking the students to use active note taking strategies while using technology, creates a homerun. Cornell note taking templates are easily found and can be added to any lesson. A side benefit is that it also creates an artifact that allows them to demonstrate learning.
Follow the links below to learn more about Cornell note taking.
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Middle School Resources to Engage Kids
Love this one, simple but effective.
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