You’re Going to Want to Write This Down – Faculty Focus

Am I alone in this kind of mental ritual? Or do all of us regularly forget what we’ve heard, read, or learned … in this case, about teaching and learning?


I fall into the trap that Dr. Weimer mentions. I take notes at conference sessions, loving the ideas that I have heard. I know that I have heard similar things at other conferences or events but I don’t always do anything with that information.  Dr. Weimer makes a great suggestion to not just take notes but write down questions that you have, opportunities for research and how you might use this information as you are listening to the presentations.  


Dr. Weimer also gave a great tip about lecture notes. We always think we will have plenty of time for updating our notes before we teach that lesson again only to find that there is no time for that. Dr. Weimer’s suggestion is immediately following the lecture put a post-it note on the lecture notes with things you need to change or add to the lecture. You can identify questions that students had to help in preparation. Then if you only have a short amount of time before you give the lecture again, you know what you need to focus on.