Capstone Project Title
Restricted Capstone Project
The purpose of this capstone project was to learn the most effective way to incorporate focused note-taking, a strategy utilized by the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program, and increase student retention in a high school mathematics course. Focused note-taking is a strategy of five steps that gives intention and purpose for students to go back and review notes they took in class. Through these steps content is reviewed multiple times and in different ways increasing retention. The project created for the purpose of incorporating focused note-taking into the classroom is a curriculum unit intended for a high school Geometry course, but can be adapted to fit other mathematics courses. The lessons within the unit were lessons already in place within the classroom, but now include each aspect of focused note-taking, highlighting when and how to teach them to students. Multiple things were learned through this process, for example, even though the change to the everyday classroom is small through this strategy, it still has the potential to make a significant impact on student learning. Also, it cannot be assumed that a skill like note-taking, even though a familiar concept, is something students know how to do - the research conducted through this project shows that students still need to be taught these skills, even at a high school level.
Note-taking, geometry course
Koerner, Megan, "Focused Note-Taking in a High School Mathematics Course" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 426.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects