Guided notes are notes shared with students, but they are incomplete, with areas for students to complete or questions or prompts for them to answer during class. The guided notes technique helps maintain students’ attention during class, as they have to listen in order to complete the notes. Additionally, incorporating questions and prompts in the notes allows for students to reflect on and test what they are learning, in order to more deeply process and remember the material.
Here is an example of “enhanced guided notes” for an electrical circuits class that incorporates metacognitive prompts to help improve students’ self-efficacy, or confidence, as well as learning.
Alternate names for the guided notes technique include semi-notes, half notes, ‘handouts with gaps’, skeleton notes, and of course, one could simply consider these worksheets.
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