The 1st Law of Thermodynamics states energy is neither lost nor destroyed because it is transferred from one source to another source. High school students are required to record either class or unit notes, but how often do teachers check for comprehension for mastery purposes? I designed this template for students to understand their notes are on the same level as the teachers'. In other words, knowledge is simply transferred from the teacher to the student.
How to Use Thermo Notes
1. Have students record notes within the sun (inside of ring) several minutes before the the bell rings to utilize time.
2. Require students to record vocabulary terms within the sun's outline (shaded area). Often, students make enough space to record definitions.
3. Require students to interpret notes at home in the white space (right side o shaded area; sun's outline).
Researched-Based Results: Teachers appreciated learning how students interpreted information before assessing them; and it saved them time to reteach a lesson/unit. Students appreciated a new spin on taking notes for they were able to provide feedback as a result. Assigning students to interpret after school increased them to study the information several times. When returned, teachers were able to provide immediate information resulting in an increase of students' comprehending the lesson/unit. Using 11" x 8.5" copy paper forced both teachers and students to "get straight to the point" when recording information. Legal size copy paper (14" x 8.5") discouraged both aliterate and low-performing students.
WARNING: The Thermo Notes graphic organizer is now registered with the United States Copyright Office.