This is our second year as an AVID school. Advancement Via Individual Determination is a program aimed at students who are middle-of-the-road, where funding often doesn’t exit for special programs. It targets students who would be the first in their families to go to college and who could be top achieving students with a bit of extra support. It’s an elective currently in 7th and 8th grade and which hopefully continues throughout high school. The AVID team at our school is hoping that students will have 1 binder for all their classes and that all teachers will use Cornell Notes as the format for their class.
I only learned about Cornell Notes last week, at our school retreat, so I’m sure I’m not doing justice to their full potential, but the takeaway for me was this.
1) Students are always taking notes in response to an essential question.
2) Students will revisit each set of notes 3 times in order to make deeper connections with the content. First, they will take the notes. Second, they will pose questions that can be answered by the notes. Third, they will summarize their notes and answer the essential question posed at the outset.
Having never done this before, I’m not entirely clear on how this format works for math concepts. I’d love to hear from anyone who uses Cornell notes in their classes. In the meantime, here’s a template which a colleague and I drafted which keeps the core ideas of Cornell Notes, while slightly modifying their format for math class:
And in other news. I had my first meeting at Stanford for my National Board Certification. Diving in with both feet!