No, I don’t think notes should be never-ending, good god the tedium! However, note taking is a part of education, but it doesn’t have to be limited by the size of your sheet of paper. It can be quite frustrating to run out of space on your sheet of paper, especially if you are limited to one sheet. In our school we use a lot of Cornell notes templates, but the students get frustrated when they run out of room on the sheet. Or worse, they are taking notes in those silly comp books, that sheet is what, 8″ x 10″, 6″ x 8″? Who can fit even a section of notes from the textbook on that? So then they tape a new page in place which involves trimming down a full sized sheet of paper, getting tape and figuring how small to trim the 81/2″ X 11″ sheet. That is a lot of wasted time.
So what is the solution? A never-ending template that looks like Cornell notes, but each section expands to fit the needs of the student. So while it looks like a sheet of Cornell notes, it has no limits. There is a template example on my class resources webpage (scroll to the bottom and look for Cornell Notes with Directions.one). Naturally you could make one of these for any style of notes, or the students can make their own, I did this to support our schools’ AVID program.
Feel free to download my template and share it with your students! And as always, please pass my site on to others who might benefit, like me on Facebook and follow me on this site or on Twitter @BroadenEdu.
All the best!