Use more colors and highlighters to enhance notes.
Having more dynamic session notes can really improve your students' experiences! Students respond really well to the use of the different pen colors and highlighters to help enhance their notes and assist them in making connections in the math. Having great notes that they can refer back to later is also going to make the students happier with their experience.
Make your notes clear and easy to follow.
We work with students with a big variety of learning styles. In addition to clearly explaining things while you're talking to a student, having clear and easy to follow notes is important to make sure that the student gets the most out of their session. A good thing I like to ask myself is whether or not my student would be able to remember what we did or where a number came from the next day if they looked back at the notes.
There are many ways to use pens or highlighters to enhance your notes. Find what works best for you. Here are just a few examples of ways you can incorporate colors into your sessions.
Use the same color of pen or highlighter to show which values are equivalent when setting up a problem or substituting. You'll get so many more "lightbulb" moments from students when they can see where things came from. Don't forget that you can highlight on student photos too!
Use colors to show which parts of a diagram go together when you're breaking things down: