31: Pretend to Capture It All

by Max Leibman

To write, or to type? To take minutes, or make lists? The Priority team talks note-taking this week! 

Caitie shares some observations and research about notes in the classroom: the good (writing by hand), the bad (typing a lecture verbatim), and the skillful (learning how to grab the most important notes). Max agrees that knowing what to capture can be refined over time, and he shares some of his own practices. Hint: they may or may not involve a utensil with four ink colors and a pencil.

Some of this is about cognition; some of it is about accepting trade-offs. You can't capture it all, but that shouldn't stop any of us from taking the best darn scribbles we can.


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