#6: Note-Taking Pairs
(Barkley, Cross & Major, 2005)
Purpose: Students work in pair to improve their note-taking, writing and organization skills. Often times there are gaps in students’ notes and with this collaborative learning technique, students are given time to check, compare and correct their notes with a partner.
Procedure: After notes from a lecture have been taken.
- Choose to do during breaks in the lecture or at the end of the lecture. Students are given time to pair with their neighbour to compare and review notes.
- Have partner A summarize one section with their partner highlighting the main points and identify ambiguous concepts and questions that they have.
- Partner B clarifies/shares their thoughts based on their notes, filling in the gaps. Remaining questions should be brought and discussed through a Fish Bowl (Technique #8) or posed to the class.
- Partner A and B switch jobs for the next section.
- Repeat until all of the notes have been revised. Be sure to take time to respond to remaining questions.
Tip: This activity works really well in a larger scale classroom. In order to reduce the amount of time that it would take to answer the remaining questions (see question 3 above), you could have students submit their remaining questions to you as their Ticket Out the Door (Technique #2) and you can respond to remaining questions either online or at the beginning of the next class.