Teresa remarked that she longed for “someone who would ‘talk anthropology’ to us and teach us about ethnographic fieldwork.”  
  Early fieldnotes like Rene’s on Christopher Edley’s talk in January were not uncommon: Rene’s notes directly reported Edley’s talk, almost to the point of transcription, with little discussion of the feel of the event itself—the ambiance of the room, the reactions of the audience, etc. Later team discussion and reading excerpts from Writing Ethnographic Fieldnotes by Robert M. Emerson, Rachel I. Fretz, and Linda L. Shaw, helped student researchers to develop their own note-writing techniques, and to record more than just the information conveyed by speakers at events.  
  Afterwards, in one of her fieldnotes, Rene wrote: “I typed most of this before I read the chapter on writing ethnographies. In the future, I plan on writing more about the people in the room, the mood, what elicited strong reactions, and less word-for-word detail. The chapter was helpful and I wish I would have read it sooner.” Hindsight suggests that earlier reading about fieldnotes, and discussion of them, would have helped us. By March, we were devoting several sessions to sets of fieldnotes from each of the student ethnographers, discussing what kinds of fieldnotes were most effective and why. Through “workshopping” each person’s fieldnotes, we hoped to develop a shared sense of the ideal fieldnote, one that Nicole, Paul, Rene and Teresa could keep in mind as they observed and wrote up events. (Chapter 3)  
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  Early version of Rene's field notes  
  Rene's later field notes  
  Observing the audience at the Brown sisters event