Pastoral Academic Care (PAC) Focus
This week’s Pastoral Academic Care focus is SMARTER NOTE TAKING
Wellbeing Element: SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENT
Character Strength: CURIOSITY
Wellbeing Fitness Challenge: SELF_IMAGE
Parent Wellbeing: Another component of Self Determination Theory (SDT) is autonomy,
the feeling you have a choice in what you do. Describe a time you have felt autonomous and
how it motivated you.
Note Taking should be much more than purely writing, and there are more effective and intelligent ways to do so. Optimal learning occurs when students use both sides of their brains to gather information by hearing, seeing, feeling and sensing it using their dominant Multiple Intelligences, and drawing idea maps, using thinking tools, making lists, creating flowcharts and using abbreviations. The method described will achieve these things and is called the Cornell method.
When taking notes in class, many students try to write down everything that the teacher says and consequently, find great difficulty keeping up, which in turn, puts them under pressure and tests their resilience to stay focussed and engaged. For many students this leads to anxious feelings.
The 80/20 Principle is an effective listening and note taking technique and involves listening attentively for 80% of the time and writing/ posing questions/ recording/ drawing for 20% of the time.
Questioning what they are listening to, lights the fire in their brains to start looking for connections to what they already know. Their brains are engaged in exploring and searching for meaning and patterns, which is real learning. Encourage them to use the character strengths open-mindedness, perspective and curiosity in their note taking.
“I hear and I forget, I see and I remember, I do and I understand.” Confucius