Focused Note -Taking
Establish a purpose for note-taking
-- Create an Essential Question
Select the best format for the notes
-- Cornell notes, Mind Maps, Graphic Organizers, Three-column Notes
Write notes based on the sources
-- Paraphrase, arrange, and organize thoughtfully
Think about your notes and revise:
• Add notes/delete notes
• Main ideas . . . Less important notes . . . Details
Think Beyond Your Notes
• Ask wonderment questions
-- Comprehension -- Prediction
-- Anomaly detection -- Application
• Ask Costa's higher level questions
• Make connections
-- To what you already know -- To another content
-- To your life -- To the world
Reflecting on Learning
Write a summary of what you learned.
• Answer the Essential Question.
Include a reflection.
• How will you use this information?
Use your notes for the intended purpose:
• Writing • Philosophical Chairs
• Socratic Seminar • Speeches
• Studying for a quiz • Narratives
• Experiments • Research
• Problem solving • Blogs
Apply what you learned to a new situation.