Note Taking Practice

This week on Friday and Monday (days 3 and 4), we’ll practice taking notes. We’ll watch a six minute video and practice our note taking skills. Try to use a method that involves either hierarchy (e.g., big idea/bullet points) or shows a relationships between ideas (e.g., a mind map).

Today’s practice video is directly related to eighth grade POP project, but I think it will be interesting for all of you.


Filing and Finding Our Notes

For day 1 and 2 this cycle (Friday and Monday), we’ve been focussed on monthly and quarterly progress monitoring probes. These give me insight into how you read and do math, and that helps me think about what to focus on going forward.

For days 3 and 4 (Tuesday and Wednesday) we’ll get back to note taking. Today, we’ll talk about how we organize our notes once we take them. As we’ve discussed, note taking helps us remember important ideas, even if we don’t review them later. But if we do review our notes later, we can learn even more. In order to review our notes, though, we have to be able to find them! Different people organize their notes in different ways. These include:

  • Three ring binder, with dividers for subjects and classes;
  • Spiral notebook, one per class;
  • Digital folders (we’ll set up folders in Notability tomorrow).

What system do you use so that you can find your notes? Or if you don’t have a system, what system do you want to try? Please share your thinking by commenting on this post.

Introduction to Note Taking with Notability

On the next day 7 and 8 (Monday and Tuesday), we’ll be exploring different ways we can take notes using Notability. Many of the things we do with Notability can be done on paper and pencil, but Notability does offer some unique features. Here are a few of the things we’ll look at how to do:

  • Type
  • Write, erase and resize with a finger or stylus
  • Use and annotate photos (how and when to take them)
  • Highlight text that is written on existing documents

I’ll be ‘lecturing’ on this material, while you take notes, so come with you IPad, please.

Please Take Note!

In the coming weeks, we’ll be looking at a new study skill: note taking. We’ll There are many ways to take notes, but before we look at those, we’ll look at why note taking works. Some of you’ve already worked on this; for you, I’ll adjust things, but a review is good.

There is a lot of research about note taking and how it can help us learn better. Taking notes basically does two things. First, it helps us store information so we can review it later. But it also does something else: by taking notes, we don’t just write things on paper or type them into our I Pads–we actually write (or ‘encode’) things into our brain. So note taking is good for storing information and for encoding information.

There are a lot of ways we can take notes. To get us thinking about note taking, I’m posting a list of note taking tips from Texas Tech University. I went ahead and took notes on the page about note-taking…I used highlighter and I wrote on the text electronically using good reader.

First read the tips below. (If the embedded file is difficult to see, you can try this link.) Then in the comments section, please list one or two ways in which you take notes and how your note taking helps you.