Boosting Engagement With Social Annotation!  

In my experience, students of all ages need help to stay focused. In theory, annotation helps them pay attention while reading. The act of commenting and questioning enables a closer read so it also helps students understand the ideas in the text. Having students reflect on ideas they are reading about gives them a low-stake, organic boost to participate in coursework later. If done right, I notice the effects in class discussion, roundtables, written works, and exams.