Thing 27: Notetaking Tools

I have always been a big believer in taking notes and using those notes to study for upcoming tests and quizzes.  I was the student who color coordinated her notes and made very detailed outlines.  However, as a teacher I have a hard time transferring that knowledge to my students who are in 4th grade.  This may be a little young to start taking notes, but I believe that it is a good skill for all kids to have. The better and more proficient they become the better learners and test takers they will become.  I looked into Google Keep and explored that a little bit.  It is way too advanced for my fourth graders.  I also explored Evernote….same thing.  I then took it upon myself to google best ways of notetaking for kids and found that the use of interactive notebooks is a fun and engaging way to do this.  There are a lot of pre-made forms on teachers pay teachers, as well as the internet.  I think the next math unit I teach I am going to try to explore this note taking strategy in hopes to have my students more engaged as well as to give them something to take home and study from.

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