I have found Robert Marzano's nine strategies to be very interesting! The one I chose to focus on was 'summarizing and note-taking.' There were a lot of very interesting websites relating to this area of Marzano's. I like how he points out that taking notes 'verbatim is the least effective way. When I think back to when I was in high school and college, I always took too many notes word-for-word and it made it so hard to study for test because I didn't even know where to start :S I also agree it is important to re-write the notes in different formats to increase retention of the knowledge. Marzano also suggests giving students teacher prepared notes. I like this idea a lot. When I was in high school, I had a teacher who would always do that and it helps me do a lot better on the assignments and tests. Overall, I like all of Marzano's suggestions and ideas in relation to 'note taking and summarizing' and can't wait to use them as a media specialist.

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