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Notetaking Strategies (Part 2)-Sticky Notes

  Sticky Note Notes

This strategy entails having the student have lots of sticky notes.  Whatever size works for them and if they want lines or no lines, up to them.  The stared steps are not neccessary when reading a novel or story, only for content material like science, history, etc.

*Step 1:  Student glances though  and find subtitles and writes on individual sticky notes a phrase, one word or entire subtitle.

Step 2:  Begin reading, after reading a paragraph, page or section (depending on their level of reading comprehension and what can be retained) After each section, page or paragraph she is to write on the sticky note in own words main concept from that section or what happened in that section. 

Step 3:  Read next section, paragraph or page and repeat Step 2. 

The sticky notes above are actually stuck inside the book, preferably hanging off the edge and sticking out of the book.  These may remain in the book for a period of time or removed and placed inside a spiral notebook in order. Keeping them in the book, makes it easy to glance through sticky notes for a refresher on what was read yesterday and finding answers to comprehension questions.

Step 4: After the chapter, unit, section is read and complete, the student will want to remove the stickynotes and place them into a notebook in order.  This provides a quick summary of the entire material read in the student’s own words.   The student now has it all on a few pages.  It’s a beautiful thing.  A study guide is now ready for preparing for a test.

 *Please note that the notes written down can be done visually as pictures.  No one says the sticky notes have to have words on them.



Notetaking strategies (Part 1)

Recently, I have been working with some of my middle school/high school students on note taking strategies. It is sad really that when you walk into classrooms and ask teachers if they have taught their students how to take notes in their classroom about 9 out of every 10 I ask say, “No”.  The interesting part is that many of them require the students to take notes or they strongly encourage it and say, “You can use your notes for the test.” 

If a student does not know HOW to take the notes in a way that works for them, then the notetaking is useless.

We can not possibly expect students to be successful with taking notes without teaching it. It is important to remember that students need to take notes in a style that works for them.  They need to try a few different styles to find the right one for them. 

  It is essential that you teach them the strategy and not just give it to them and say, “Now do it.”

When using these you must practice this with them.

1. Model the strategy for them: This means read a section with them and you do it for them.  Before writing on each stickynote, say outloud what you are thinking.  This might be something like, “I think it was really important to know…”  You may also while reading, realize that you are already thinking about what needs to go on your notes. You read a sentence and say, wow! That’s important.  So say that out loud for them.  This is important.  Then go ahead if you feel the need and write that down on a note right then and then keep reading.  You can always add more paper or stickynotes.  You don’t have to fit it all on one. Include in your “thinking aloud” why you are choosing what you are choosing to write down.

2. Have them read the next section and discuss what they are choosing to write down.  Make sure they can say why they chose what they chose.

3.  If they really attached to the method and really get it, let them do several sections and then show it to you.  After a while, they are good to go, you don’t need to keep watching over how they are doing their notes.

4. If the strategy doesn’t stick and seem to be one they attach to Try Another One. 

I felt I should break the different strategies into different posts so please take the ideas here and apply them to the next few notetaking posts. I am only sharing a few strategies, there are many so don’t limit yourself to these. These posts include

Sticky Note Notes

T- Notes

Mind Mapping

Lynnette Crawley M.S. Ed

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