MARCO VILLEGAS: Guided notes is a way to get students to
organize their thoughts as they're reading something,
especially when you're getting them to do some independent
reading, or maybe working in groups.
And I think kids really struggle with finding the main
idea, and identifying and separating the main idea from
the supporting ideas.
So this is a good way for them to actually organize those
thoughts and distinguish the main idea from
the rest of the details.
You have to choose, obviously, the right passage and make
sure that you're familiar with it, so that you know what you
want them to get out of that passage.
Then you group them so that they can take turns
identifying the main idea of that passage.
Go ahead and share your views with the group.
SUBJECT 1: She should have added Native Americans.
SUBJECT 2: Native Americans and how they migrate.
SUBJECT 1: Yeah, because-- what are you talking about?
MARCO VILLEGAS: I think what I like the most about guided
notes is that the kids really have a difficult time
identifying the main idea.
This is actually one of the areas that we've really
struggled with, and also being able to
translate that into a summary.
So this is a good way for them to actually break down the
passage into chunks, and really focus on the main idea,
and understand it a whole lot better.