Note taking is an essential skill and the most prominent link between students, teacher, and content material. The ability to take information, categorize, and paraphrase it in a written format that can then be utilized as a study tool at a later time is not only an important academic skill but an essential one.
At the Craig High, we incorporate the key aspects of the Cornell Note Taking approach. This includes the Two Column Approach to categorization, cue word (trigger words) development, and visual imagery integration. These trigger words and mental images allow students the opportunity to focus their energy on attending to the content at hand versus trying to write every word that is spoken. Students are also taught the use of visual markers to accentuate various aspects of note taking including blocking, starring, and highlighting.