Learning to takes notes is a skill, not something we’re born with.  One of the school skills we work on is how science notes, and paraphrasing  in long hand seems to be a way to help remember information better.

Today students had to take notes on “the anatomy and function of the parts of an atom” and come in to share what they found. After checking their initial notes for effort, I gave them different colored pens for them to then work in groups to share and compare, where they could add to their own notes, but in a different color (a visual for me to see what they added, and for them to see what they could improve).