One area I find difficult is getting students to take effective notes. I like to blend some old school and new school methods. New school for examples: information is readily available to students through Google, on line texts, and other on line references. Students in this technology age are very familiar with looking for info, explanations, etc in this quick and easy format. In fact, I often have discussions/arguments with a colleague who subscribes to this idea: why do I need to know if I can just look it up? 😃
My "old school" method links brain research to understanding and comprehension. When writing a problem or notes from the teacher or from "the board ( whiteboard, smartboard etc ) there are multiple opportunities for your brain to "learn" this information: hearing the teacher speak the words, seeing the teacher write the words, "hearing" your brain recite the words, actually writing the words in your notebook and finally seeing the words in your notebook. These multiple impressions are valuable first for recall, and airports nt first step to comprehension, understanding, and of course analysis and synthesis.
Old school also provides a a ready source of examples, in student writing, for further review. It also allows for teacher to better understand the student and to address possible misconceptions.
One way to address this issue is a poster idea is borrowed from a work shop with thes simple words " I write, YOU write." I have also contemplated making a notebook check a grade-able assignment, but have yet to implement this concept.
I am not sure if this idea is exactly what you are looking for in this assignment, but I wanted to share what was in my mind!.