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The AVID system has been proven to increase students' achievement and organization, and anybody who has worked at an AVID campus will tell you that Cornell Notes and Binder Checks are a major component of the program. These resources are intended to help math teachers fully integrate into the AVID program.
The binder check is designed with intentionality. Every week on Friday I check the students' binders for 5 specific items that I identify on Monday, but with this checklist the students have a framework to check each other's binders! The top 5 check marks on the binder check are left blank and the students can write what is expected of them. Below that are two sections labeled "Way to Go" and "Ways to Grow". These are intended for the students to interact with the material from the week and reflect on their peers' work. This reflection and collaboration is another essential part of the AVID program's WICOR philosophy. The last three boxes are left editable, this space is designed for items that will be needed on a continuous, year-round basis. At our school we have decided on "3 pencils", "STAAR Reference Materials" "Multiplication Table", but they are left editable for you to use what you need.
It should be noted that the binder check is suitable for any subject, and that additional licenses are available at 50% if you would like to share this resource with anyone on your team :)
Cornell notes are also an important part of the AVID system. Unfortunately, I found that the "questions" section on the left-hand side was not well suited to a math class. So I created this alternative template for math classes. The layout is the same as most other Cornell Notes templates, including: an Essential Question, A Summarizing sections, and two columns. However, the left-hand side column is labelled "Steps" and I included a cute picture of a girl holding a sign that says, "I Love Math"
Cornell Notes for Middle School Math!