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posted Aug 24, 2012, 2:22 PM by David Burkhart   [ updated Aug 24, 2012, 2:22 PM ]
Annotation is under-estimated by students of reading and writing. It is a cornerstone of understanding--of comprehension. This is a technique that should be taught in the early years of education. It should begin as soon as a child learns to write. However, before students annotate, they need to give themselves permission to read material more than once.

This is another concept that teachers don't always embrace. That is, they don't tell children to read, re-read, and take notes. Furthermore, there are way too many timed tests requiring children to answer questions at the end of the reading. What a way to turn students off of reading for the rest of their lives.

Annotation may include jotting down notes as the reader reads or during a second read through. The purpose of note taking is to help the student retain information. It works for every subject.