On Thursday last week Zoe’s long held dream of starting a knitting club came to fruition. We were all delighted by the number who came, and very pleased to see so many Year 11 boys stepping up to the mark. Days and times are now set (Thursdays at recess or other times as requested), wool and needles have been sourced, and a scarf pattern booklet has been purchased for these amazing young men to use for reference.
There will be lessons available for beginners – which I believe is the category of this cohort – and we have some Year 8 students who intend to come along.
New members will be welcome – and as Zoe told members: learning a new skill can count towards Duke of Edinburgh awards, as can social service. As we intend knitting for the aged and or the homeless, two boxes can be ticked off by attending one event for a few weeks until we finish a scarf or a square!
This morning a careers session led by two Warrant Officers from the Australian Defence Forces was held in the reading area. The session was led by two Warrant Officers, Jock Joce and Daniel McInnes. They talked with a receptive group of year 10 and 11 students.
It was a great setting for them to spread out resources and sit in comfort while explaining how to find out what the ADF can offer and how to tap in to their expertise. Several Year 12 students are phoning for personal discussions in the next few days.
The Cornell method is a way of taking notes to increase your results at the end of the unit, in the examination or in a school assessed coursework task. It taps in to the information that Elevate Education presented to you in Study Sensei (year 10) Memory and Mnemonics (Year 11) and Ace Your Exams (Year 12).
Wikipedia explains the method here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cornell_Notes (accessed 8 March 2017).
You can make your own pages in a style that suits you in Word (handy if you use the reference generator to create your reference lists for assignments): https://www.timeatlas.com/cornell-note-template/
Or for a range of papers: https://www.wyzant.com/resources/lessons/study-skills/cornell-notes has a generator to personalize your note-taking paper.
Here is a first-hand account of how and why a post graduate student at the highest level of study uses this method:
This is a good method for note-taking as you read information – for example as you read your English texts or sections of your Geography, History or Science text books.
Notes taken in this manner lead to written responses that are in your own words and demonstrate your understanding. Your results will be better and your brain will have had more exercise.
When it comes to revision, using Cornell note pages will guide your flash card development, revision sheets, and mind maps.
Why not give it a go!