Notes are frustrating. Sometimes it is the most logical way to convey information quickly. However, my students are almost pavlovian about notes. Their eyes are wide yet glazed over as they meticulously copy word for word off the board. I always suggest they put their notes in their own words. Additionally, I tell them they can use their phones to record explanations to help them remember. Rarely do they take my advice.
When I ask questions during note-taking activities, I get mumbled responses and/or blank stares. They don't seem to be able to write and recall. For example I asked a student to define inference. We have been working on inferences since the first unit. I get this look like, students don't talk during notes! Teachers talk Students write! Finally, the student goes back though his notes to find the answer to the question What is an inference?
I can't seem to figure out how to convey information quickly and interactively.