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1.en.7 class routines: summary, old notebooks, new laptops and note taking tips

October is drawing to an end. We have been together for more than one month so, by now, class routines should be well established.

All over the world, students and teachers face lessons with similar routines. Whether using latest generation laptops or old notebooks, routines  are repeated actions which take place in most classes. Watch this video and spot similarities and differences  between our  classroom routines and the ones in this African school.

Say whether the following statements are true or false. Explain the differences.

  • In both schools there are greetings at the beginning of the lesson
  • In both schools a  student takes the lead and focus classmates attention on the day’s task
  • In both schools there’s some time left at the end of the lesson to reflect on learning

Can you contribute with any other findings:

  • clothes
  • classroom equipment
  • music
  • atmosphere

Do you remember where to look at a summary of class routines?  Check  the top bar, in the section devoted to English.

Now, let’s do this self assessment test. It will help you improve your class note taking routines

Yes/No/ Need to improve

  1. Do I use punched holes sheets?
  2. Do I write the date and the session every time I have a lesson?
  3. Do I have separate sections for DAILY SUMMARIES/ VOCABULARY/ CLASS NOTES?
  4. Do I write a title for every activity? e.g., Description of my house
  5. Do I use clear references (title, date and number of post) when your notes are related to a Bla,bla, bla post?
  6. Do I number pages?
  7. Is my handwriting legible ?
  8. Do I leave margins?
  9.  Is my notebook neat and organised?
  10. Do I have a plastic folder to keep handouts?

1.en.1. How to organise information in your notebook: Guidelines for Catalan, Spanish and English lessons



  • Use D4 punched hole sheets
  • You can buy packets or a hard cover spiral notebook of punched hole sheets



  • Use punched holes plastic pockets to keep the handouts the teachers give you, the homework you have to hand in or the homework the teacher gives you back .


  • Use a binder to keep your notes, handouts and works39186157P11404384
  • Use colour dividers to separate the different subjecs


  • One for Spanish
  • One for Catalan
  • One for English

 Note-taking guidelines

  1. Write the date
  2. Write the session under the date
  3. Separate days using a line
  4. Write a heading or title for each activity 
  5. Write a summary of the lesson at the end of each session
  6. Leave some space between activities
  7. Leave margins 
  8. Use both sides of the sheet of paper
  9. Write neatly
  10. Use reasonable size handwriting
  11. Don’t be sloppy
  12. Do not use colours for writing
  13. Do not decorate your notes with drawings
  14. You can use highlihters for headings
  15. Use only black or blue pens
  16. Leave red for corrections
  17. Number pages
  18. Keep an index
  19. Revise your notes everyday
  20. Write the date in the handouts the teacher gives you. Keep them organised together with your class notes.