What’s up with the notes!
Before sharing my thoughts about what a notebook should be, I think it is important to understand what notebooks should NOT be.
- Science notebooks should not be a verbatim copy of snippets from the text books. What is the point of that?
- They should also not be a verbatim copy of everything the teacher writes on the blackboard or says in the class.
At Advanced Learning Space, using notebooks (or worksheets) is an integral part of our lesson plans. We give a lot of thought to each worksheets that we include in our lesson plans. However, it is important to understand that our notes look very different from the notes parents might be familiar with. Our notes are not only a tool to review and revise, but also a tool to build knowledge. Through worksheets that are custom designed for each lesson plan, our students not only capture what they know, but also how they know it. This is an important step that helps in long term knowledge retention and assimilation. Using our notes, students will not only find it easier to revise and remember new knowledge, they will also find it easier to apply this new knowledge in different situations. That is the ultimate purpose of learning.