Help Your Students Think While Taking Notes: Show Them How to Organize their Notebooks into a Powerful Learning Space


Speakers: Jane E. Pollock, Jenn Sykora


SKU: 157-91012

Webinar Description

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Are your students just taking notes in class instead of thinking, asking questions and generating their own ideas?

Here’s a simple way to change that: Introduce your students to interactive notebooks. Interactive notebooks are a versatile learning tool that will engage even your most disaffected students. Only half of the space in an interactive notebook is for taking notes. The other half is a powerful learning space where students process what they are hearing by jotting questions and ideas, illustrating concepts and observations and making plans for future learning.

Even your most disengaged students will connect with and participate in lessons if they are working with interactive notebooks that are designed specifically to support independent and creative thinking.

Jane Pollock and Jenn Sykora will show you how to set up interactive notebooks for the new school year. Learn how to structure the notebooks to increase opportunities for student feedback and formative assessment. Find out how you can use what you learn about your students in their notebooks to improve your own instruction.

Jane and Jenn will show you how to mine valuable information about student progress from interactive notebooks and use this info to differentiate instruction. You can also use interactive notebooks as a tool or guide to keep you focused on high-yield instruction strategies in every lesson. When teachers plan and deliver lessons using the notebook, all students make gains and improve their learning habits.

Webinar Topics:

  • Research on feedback that supports use of interactive notebooks
  • Best ways to set up and organize interactive notebooks for students at all grade levels
  • How to adapt notetaking techniques for ELL and special education students
  • Print and electronic options for interactive notebooks
  • Teaching students self-regulation and self-assessment through notebooks
  • Organizing notebooks to help you make more consistent use of explicit teaching and high-yield instructional strategies



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About the Speakers

Jane E. Pollock

Jane Pollock is president of Learning Horizon, Inc., which provides consulting services to schools worldwide that help them improve student learning and teaching practices. She is the author of Improving Student Learning One Teacher at a Time (2007), Feedback: The Hinge-Factor that Joins Teaching and Learning (2011), i5: Teaching Innovation (2012), and the co-author of Dimensions of Learning Teacher and Training Manuals (1996), Assessment, Grading and Record Keeping (1999), Classroom Instruction That Works (2001), Improving Student Learning One Principal at a Time (2009) and Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time (2012). A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Jane is a former ESL and general education teacher and school.


Jenn Sykora

Jenn Sykora is a high school teacher in St. Louis. She earned an M.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Phoenix and a B.A. in Biology at Truman State University. Her teaching experience includes all levels of Spanish and Health. Jenn received the Archbishop Burke Teacher Recognition Award in 2011 for her success in the classroom. She has conducted workshops and presentations for teachers throughout the United States on instructional strategies to engage students and improve student achievement, including the interactive student notebook with the 9 high-yield strategies. She is also featured as a teacher voice in Pollock’s Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time (2012).


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