Tip of the Week

October 1, 2018

A Compromise for the Resistant Annotator

Here’s a plug for Post-It Note flags. Though there are countless reasons why annotating a text is helpful to students, most students rarely annotate when it’s not required by the teacher. Why not? “It takes too long.” “I’m not allowed to write in my book.” “I can remember just fine.” To get students into the habit of marking up text, Post-It Note flags provide a great intermediate step. It takes less than two seconds to place a flag in a book to mark a passage, quote, or detail worth remembering. It’s not the same as recording a handwritten note, but if your child is unwilling to mark up his text, Post-It Note flags can be a great compromise to get the ball rolling. (Plus, they’re kind of fun and come in tons of different shapes and colors!)