Note-taking Versus Note-making

We get our students to write their own notes.

We do this because primarily we want our students to make sense of what they learn in our lessons. In the past we provided our students with notes that we wrote on the whiteboard, present them on powerpoint slides or print them on handouts. However, we soon learn that this approach only makes learning passive and transfer of knowledge difficult.

Secondly, we insist our students to write their own notes so that they have ownership. Their notes are unique as what they take away as key points from our lessons differ because of their prior understanding and knowledge vary.

However, Rick Smith has taught us that self note-taking even if ended up with good notes is not necessarily enough for effective learning. We learn that self note-taking can be a passive learning endeavour too. Rick offered us the idea of note-making and showed us that note-making is more active and focused activity where students assimilate all information they have written and take understanding to a (meta) higher level. He shared with us a number of note-making activities and we use them after we have taught a body of knowledge to help our students consolidate what they have learn from their notes.

Below are several note-making activities that we have used in our lessons apart from the one shown in the video above:

Summary

We carried out this note-making activity as a whole-class approach. We started the summary by writing the first two sentences on the whiteboard. Students were invited to contribute two sentence to the summary but writing their second sentence only after their peers had added their first sentences. Students had to ensure that their sentences provided a good flow to the structure of the summary for easy understanding. At the end of this activity, students were invited to review the summary to critique and query each other contributions.

Slogan

Student has to derive the essence of a body of knowledge taught and turn it into one short phrase or a slogan. A good slogan is memorable and durable. When a good slogan occupies prime real estate in a student’s subconscious, it aids the student to recall the body of knowledge he or she had learnt.

Questions!

We used this note-making activity as an exit pass for students to leave the class at the end of our lesson. We started by asking students to select only three facts out of the many things that they had learnt from our lesson and come up with a corresponding question for each fact. Students were then invited to stand up and approach other students (one at a time) to trade a question that they had come up with earlier. At the end of the activity, we asked if there was any question that the students were not able to answer correctly at their first attempt. This allows us to surface student’s misconceptions and address them immediately.

Translation

This note-making activity is useful as a starter activity when we have a body of knowledge to teach. We used this activity when we had to teach students a list of peribahasa or proverbs. We divided the class into groups and assigned each group to translate the meanings of selected set of peribahasa into English. To our amazement, the students were deeply engaged that we saw them taking turn to teach the peribahasa and correcting each other translation. This activity allows students to develop their baseline understanding of the peribahasa before we start teaching them to students

Acronym

We employ this note-making activity when we require students to bring into memory procedural knowledge. Students has to first derive key ideas of a body of knowledge taught before they could encapsulate them into an acronym. As with slogan, a good acronym is memorable and durable, and it is a effective tool to help students recall key ideas of what they had learnt.

We encourage you to try these note-making activities with your students. Good luck!

A MUST-HAVE BOOK: Contoh Karangan Untuk Persiapan Peringkat N

We have just published a must have book for students preparing for the N level examination. This book consists of descriptive, expository and narrative essays written using Karangkutu writing strategies. In addition, the structure of the different genres are presented for easy students comprehension. Another interesting feature is that the essays are written with a variety of themes that will spark in students interesting ideas when writing their essays.

This is a good reading companion for students, an excellent resource to have in school and class libraries, as well as a must-have teaching guide for teachers. To order a copy, please sms 81213129.

[Writing Theme] Jauhi Penyalahgunaan Dadah

Berikut adalah tiga video yang dihasilkan oleh para pelajar sekolah kami untuk Pertandingan Video Anti-Dadah CNB 2018. Sungguhpun tidak berjaya meraih kemenangan, video-video ini boleh dijadikan bahan pengajaran untuk kegiatan menulis karangan naratif. Bahan-bahan ini dapat menyedarkan para pelajar akan bahaya penyalahgunaan dadah.

Pelajar boleh memilih satu dari daripada tajuk-tajuk karangan ini:

  • Tulis sebuah cerita yang menyedarkan kamu untuk tidak mudah tunduk kepada tekanan teman.
  • Jangan berdalih, mengaku sahaja. Tulis sebuah cerita berdasarkan pernyataan ini.
  • Selesaikan cerita berikut:

     Fikirannya menjadi keliru. Dia tidak pasti apa yang harus dilakukan. Dia tidak sangka apa yang dia anggap sesuatu yang kecil mampu menjeratnya ke dalam masalah yang lebih besar. Dia . . . 

Pelajar boleh memilih untuk menulis mengenai salah satu daripada video-video di bawah.

Guru boleh mengajar pelajar bagaimana untuk men.genal pasti kehendak soalan dalam kegiatan menulis ini. Penjelasan mengenai perkara ini terdapat dalam video berikut:

Video-video Pelajar

Synopsis:

This video is about a school girl who experiences psychosis (indicated by delusion and hallucination) because of sustained drug abuse. As a result, she broke into a different reality bubble and is oblivious of what is going on around her. The video intends to hit hard on what matters most to student audience – their intellect. The message we intend to drive hard to them is that drug abuse will screw up their brains and makes them crazy.

Synopsis:

This video is a social media news clip that purports a report of CCTV footage that went viral about two first time young drug abusers who were caught when they took cannabis for the first time. The video raises awareness the perception that cannabis is safe because more countries legalise cannabis is a fallacy. It also highlights the harmful effects of cannabis to deter our youth today from drug abuse. 

Synopsis:

This video highlights the confession of a school girl named Jolie who struggled to rid herself of drug abuse. Interestingly, the video offers both negative and positive outcomes that hinge on how Jolie responded to her pressing circumstances to underscore a central message for school-going audience: Stay away from drug abuse, but if you are already caught in it, seek help and do not fight it alone. The video also presents a quick statistics at the end to alert the audience on the upward three-year trend in the number of students caught for drug offences. This is done so that they will become more concern of drug offences among students that they will ensure themselves and their peers to stay away from drug abuse. 

FREE KEMBARA NUSA 1: Android Apps Percuma Untuk Majalah Pendidikan Edufront Learning Centre

We have published  the new Kembara Nusa 1 apps for phones and tablets on Google Play.

Kembara  Nusa 1 is an apps version of the Kembara  Nusa Edition 1 (2016), a termly produced learning magazine by the Edufront Learning Centre. This magazine is among other resources used by the Edufront Learning Centre to develop learner’s interest and competency in Malay language and culture.

The first edition of the magazine is available free now in this apps.

Search “karangkutu” or “Kembara Nusa” on Google Play from your mobile devices.

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Android Apps for Karangan Naratif (N Level Format)

We have published our new Karangan Naratif (Format N) apps for phones and tablets on Google Play.

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This apps contains a collection of narrative essays employing Karangkutu writing technique for narrative questions based on N level format. The list of narrative essays is available here.

Search “karangan naratif” or “karangkutu” on Google Play from your mobile devices.