Revisiting Cornell Notes: An Effective Note Taking Method

Before you say to yourself “yes I know know this stuff already” and right off this post as another, “we should all use Cornell Notes”, take the time to consider the following benefits…

Cornell Notes is a research-based method for systematically ensuring:

  • Student Accountability: it forces students to record their learning in a meaningful way & interactive way
  • 21st Century Learning Skills: it forces critical thinking and creative communication
  • Classroom Routines: establishes an easily maintained culture of inquiry & interaction
  • Higher Order Thinking Skills: it requires students to not only hear and record information, but to analyze and synthesize the information
  • Increase Retention Rates: it has been proven to dramatically increase your students ability to remember what they have learned over time… when used with fidelity.

With benefits like these, Cornell Notes is definitely worth further consideration.  Imagine the impact a strategy like this could have if we all agreed to leverage this framework across our school.  Just as we saw dramatic results when we agreed to all use a common writing framework (CSA), we may want to consider adopting a common note taking framework.  This is not to suggest that we would give up academic freedom in our teacher, rather it is to suggest that we might look to align how we teach note taking and thinking skills, to free our students up to truly interact with our content in deeper and  more analytical ways by aligning how we teach students to record learning in a way that is meaningful to them. Food for thought.

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