Reflection: Accountability The Rock Cycle - Section 2: Explain


Interactive Note Taking

Interactive note taking is a strategy that helps students grapple with complex concepts in any content area. It is a process where teachers gradually release the content in a step by step way. They guide students in developing an understanding of the material by chunking the amount of information they present to them by engaging them as an active participant during an explanation, reading, or discussion. Usually with a graphic organizer of some sort, keeps students involved in the presentation of information. Students are more engaged using this method because they have a role in the lesson whether it is taking notes, reflecting on an idea or theory, or answer questions along the way.  They tend to be more focused because the purpose of the lesson is broken down into pieces, helping them to process concepts better. Chunking the information and concepts is a great way to scaffold complex concepts, especially for English language learners and special education students. Learning becomes more meaningful and retained because there is time to check in with students before moving on by asking them to summarize key concepts just presented to them. Overtime, the structure of this strategy helps students develop effective note-taking skills, leading to the transfer information from their short term memory to their long term memory.

In this lesson, I decided to use interactive note taking note taking to hold students accountable for learning how rocks change from one form to another during the rock cycle. With multiple steps in the process, I thought was best to give students a blank diagram so while I broke down each part of the cycle, they could be more engaged during my explanation. The diagram provided them to a visual of the rock cycle and the many processes that occur to change rocks. In addition, they could respond to what we were learning because they had time to process one concept at a time before moving onto the next one. This gave them a chance to reflect on what they were hearing and seeing and make connections between the content, prior knowledge, and their own life.

I find this an effective strategy if used consistently and time given for students to practice.  After a while, students develop great note-taking strategies which are applicable to other content areas. 

  Interactive Note Taking
  Accountability: Interactive Note Taking
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The Rock Cycle

Unit 4: Earth's Changing Surface
Lesson 11 of 11

Objective: SWBAT describe the journey of a rock as it goes through the rock cycle.

Big Idea: Students will create a collage illustrating the rock cycle.

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