Teachers: If you haven't already done so, read this introduction, "Teaching Note Taking." There is no need to print this out for class.
"We will learn a thinking trick that I call the "What if..." technique. This technique can help you all through your life. It can help you focus your mind on what is important, and on what might happen if you take some particular action. It is a powerful thinking tool. Unfortunately for our society, not too many people, even adults, have learned it. Using this tool will help your stand out among the crowd of ordinary people. It will help you gain high respect as a wise person. (NOTE: Wisdom is a Life-Skill that must be learned. We are not born with it!)
"We are going to do another exercise on Taking Notes. I will read an essay to you. Look for things I emphasize.
"After, I will see if anyone can answer the questions I will ask about that essay. If you have taken good notes, you will likely be able to answer. I will read slowly.
Read the essay "What if There Were No Education?"
From your notes answer these questions: Follow their responses on the teacher's copy.
Did anyone take any other notes? There should be. If yes, ask them what, and why?
Keep the work in your Personhood folders. You will not be graded on it, but your parents would very likely want to see it!
When teacher thinks it might be of benefit, remind students:
After material presentation, ask for samples of the notes taken. Complement good notes.
After the first time doing this, use questions directed at students who need more attention discipline: "Janet, tell me a couple of the notes you took." (Tell Janet privately in advance that you are going to call on her, in order to keep her focused on note taking. Tell her you are going to do it because you love her/care about her, and want to help her to become the best she can be!)
As of: 6 Jan 2003