Step #1 in the Focused Note-Taking process is Taking Notes. It is easiest to tell students what format of notes to take; however, it is a great skill for students to decide the format of notes for themselves depending on the activity. Teaching and providing students with a variety of note-taking formats will give students the knowledge and practice to eventually figure it out on their own. Our WICOR Wednesday strategy is to help students choose which format of notes works best with the information source being taught. For example, if you are doing an activity that is comparing and contrasting, ask students to take notes using a Venn Diagram; if students are taking notes from a video, maybe encourage them to use two-column notes. Lastly, in the step 1 phase, we encourage you to post an essential question, so students understand what they are taking notes on. This will help a student stay organized and stay focused on how they will be applying these notes in their classes.