Cornell Doodle Notes = Best of Both Worlds

If you have subscribed to my blog for any amount of time, then you know that I love doodle notes. I have also written about using Cornell notes as well. Toward the end of the year, I stumbled across the best of both of these note-taking methods = CORNELL DOODLE NOTES!

Basically, you combine the organization of Cornell notes with the graphic organization of doodle notes. Over the summer I have been converting a lot of my notes into this style of note-taking.

Here are a couple of examples of notes that I’ve created so far:

From my BIG BANG THEORY Notes –




I love that I can combine graphics and notes in such a well-organized way. I cannot wait to use these with my students! Have you thought of any new ideas this summer?



Carry On

I never expected to feel so down-trodden in the classroom. I have always loved teaching, but it has been one uphill battle after another. So far this year has been like digging through concrete with a plastic spoon. I have break-throughs, but mostly it is littered with frustration. One break-through happened a couple of weeks ago when we read “The Tell-Tale Heart”. My students loved the story, but more than that they loved the project that we completed. They had to be CSI investigators and create a case file (on TpT) with text evidence.

Positives So Far:

– Attending all of the Middle School Football Games and being named as the number one fan by the football players.

– Students actually remembering and being able to describe the stories we read during our short story unit.

– Students asking to check out books from my library and take AR tests.

– Random notes from different students about how much they enjoy my class.

– Being able to start FCCLA for my students.

– Becoming a table leader for the Innovation Fair next weekend.

– Connecting with some of the problematic students in different ways.


Am I failing? Yes. However, through those failures I am learning and growing into a better teacher. I continue to carry on, because I am worth it and more importantly my students are worth it.

I leave you now with a quote from my Poppa “You never fail until you stop trying!”

Using Post-its for Reading

Okay at first I thought that my students would groan and complain when I introduced using post-its to take notes while reading. However, I was pleasantly surprised. The students actually got excited about using the post-its. One of my students actually asked if she could use more post-its than I required. Holy Cow!

Due to my students interest I have integrated post-its in several ways.

1. When I first introduced post-its we talked about making text connections and six questions students could ask when thinking about what to add to their post its. I then gave students a short story and six post-its to complete based on the questions we discussed (1 post-it for each question).

2. After a few days of using post-its in class we discussed how to extend our post-it note responses. I created a handout and had them choose three post-its to extend. Basically students used their post-it as a jumping off point for a paragraph.

3. After students had practiced extending their responses. Students took one of their extensions and used it to create an essay. I also had students use three post-its to create a summary or analysis of the story.


4. For 1-3 we used short-stories. We are currently doing a novel study. For our novel students are required to write six post-its per chapter and then choose one to use as a journal topic.

I have truly been amazed to see my students work. Many of my apprehensive writers have became excited about writing using this strategy. I think a lot of it has to do with choice and giving them the opportunity to take ownership of their reading and writing.


If this sounds like something you would like to implement, you might want to check out my product on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Post-it Note Reading and Writing Workshop Resource Pack