Here are some resources I recently reviewed regarding the benefits of taking notes with paper and pen/pencil. I also included a takeaway from each. I've seen first hand the benefits of using paper notebooks with students but I guess I needed some reassurance in a time where digital notebooks are gaining traction. One goal I have going forward is to use the notebook to encourage students to record their thoughts in writing in a more frequent, low stakes way.
- Taking longhand notes forces the writer to slow down. The extra times makes for more effect absorption of material.
- Handwritten notes are “higher quality”.
- Writing by hand activities different brain regions at once which makes it stick in your memory better.
- I like this quote so I am including it word for word. This involves a study of university students and recent graduates.
“The significant superiority in both accuracy and activation for the Note group suggested that the use of a paper notebook promoted the acquisition of rich encoding information and/or spatial information of real papers and that this information could be utilized as effective retrieval cues, leading to higher activation in these specific regions.
- Using ink/pencil and paper provides a multi-sensory experience. This is one of the reasons that Kindle* and other e-readers *make a “whoosh” sound when pages are turned.
- Paper doesn’t emit blue light. It may be better for our brains and eyes.
My Favorite Notebook Things:
- The Classic Composition Notebook*
- Any Color Duct Tape -* This give students a way to customize their notebook and makes it easy for them to find theirs quickly.
- Any colored pencils and glue sticks
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