In March I attended CUE for the second year in a row, there were three standout sessions on sketchnoting and I took a little bit from all three to help me start teaching the rest of my district.
In Sketchnotes for Beginners: No Artistic Skill Required by Jennifer Anderson and Amanda Taylor they had a lovely handout to teach people the basic artistic skills needed to begin visual note-taking. I have since made my own version of this and use it with staff and students.
They also talked about the idea of revisiting information, taking notes the good old fashioned way and going back to revisit your notes and create your sketchnotes, so in other words you are not sketching live. This is not something I had not previously heard, most of the information I had researched talked about the ability to quickly get your ideas down on the paper so that you could keep up with the information. I feel like this approach could help if a student feels like they can't go fast enough and is missing information. I also made the connection, since we are a AVID district, that the act of revisiting our notes ties into AVID strategies.
In Visual Notetaking: What's the Deal With These Sketchnotes? By Misty Kluesner I particularly liked how she talked about structure and the idea of process over pretty which was also found in the book Visual Note-Taking for Educators. She did a great job breaking down how typography is important in visual notes. I used a few of her slides in my final deck that I use with teachers and students.
In Sketchnotes, Doodles, and Visual Thinking byPablo Diaz and Ann Kozma they had a lot of great slides that resonated with me for our ESL teachers, the two places I felt like I could make a great impact with sketchnoting was either through AVID or ESL. A lot of their references go back to Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown, and Mike Rhodes. Which I have mentioned previously as well. They also had a lot of slides on how sketchnoting could be used in the classroom with actual examples, always helpful! Oh and they had a podcast to help people practice. Love this idea, and I love to introduce more teachers to the importance of using podcasts in the classroom.
So hopefully that helps with getting more ideas on how to approach teaching sketchnotes to staff and students. All three of these sessions were great and truly inspired me. In my final installment I will show you what I have come up with, which was only able to happen in large part to the three presentations above. So a huge thank you to these guys!
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