I love giving notes. The way I run my classes, there are a lot of interactive learning activities (readers' theater, card sorts, artifact interpretations, etc.), and I don't really get to talk to the whole class much. But note taking days were my time to shine! I got to infuse the notes with stories, use voices, etc. while my students fully listened while they dutifully copied neat, organized notes like rows of little Medieval scribes.
Of course they didn't.
In the old days, the overhead projector was always too fuzzy for them to see properly, and too loud for them to hear over. My Epson projector was a huge improvement - I could add color and pictures (and color pictures!) to my presentations, but still ran into the problems of students "keeping up" and ending up with very sloppy, disorganized notes.
So, I invented my own take on interactive notes using Google Slides! Students interact with the content of the subject matter. There aren't any cute cutouts or pockets or foldables, but, rather opportunities to turn and talk with neighbors, comprehension activities, and a built in way for students to not fall behind! Neatness and organization are also guaranteed because I've done away with notebook paper and replaced it with note taking sheets specifically tailored to each presentation!
I have several of them, but am highlighting my Early Humans Interactive Notes this week. Click the link below for them. I also have a FREE Things on a Map Interactive Notes presentation for you to take a look at, and remember to check out and follow my store for other great World History Products!
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