Many teachers believe that by the time students get to high school they should know how to take notes. True, but not reality. Mr. Mulligan, physics teacher, takes the time to teach students to use an Interactive Notebook (see chapter 3 of Minding the Achievement Gap One Classroom at a Time) that emphasizes students using the 9 high yield strategies.
Here are a few end-of-year comments on student evaluations:
*The notebooks were very good along with the objective sheets because for me I am very unorganized but with the notebooks and the objective sheets it made my physics binder the most organized of any of my other binders.
*The major thing that helped me learn in this course was the binder and how Mr. Mulligan explained to us the organization of a binder. I learned great organization skills and know which notes are better to take.
*To the best of my ability I tried to complete those objective sheets and all notes on either side of the notebook. I thought these were really helpful and I enjoyed what Mr. Mulligan did with them.
Thanks, Mr. Mulligan -- your attention to teaching note taking and organization will serve those students well.