My Pencil Made Me Do It #MPMMDI
Over Winter Break I read Carrie Baughcum's book My Pencil Made Me Do It and I absolutely loved it! After posting about it, one of my 5th grade teachers asked if I'd come in and demonstrate Sketchnoting for her class so she could give them another note taking option in class. I was super excited to pull something together for them!
Sketchnoting Wakelet Collection!
I started to gather my resources in Wakelet (which is basically how I plan out my presentations and lessons for kids - give it a try!) so their teacher could add it to their Google Classroom for further research. I figured that the kids that really liked the idea would want to explore more.
Here it is if you want to make a copy of it and add your own resources to it.
⓵ I talked with the kids about what Sketchnoting is and why it's helpful with the visuals in the Wakelet collection.
⓶ Then I showed them the video from Carrie, "A Beginner's Guide To Sketchnoting".
⓷ After the video, I showed them some of my own Sketchnotes (making sure to mention that I've been drawing a lot longer than them so they wouldn't compare themselves to me or not do it because they don't feel like they can draw). I use them for reflecting and capturing my favorite parts of my professional development books so I always have them with me to refer to.
⓸ Next we talked about icon libraries and how that would help them in different subjects for notetaking.
⓹ Then I showed them the video of student examples, which was perfect because they are not picture perfect examples. I wanted to make sure they understood that it's not about how good the drawing is, it's about their thinking!
⓺Application time: Their teacher then had them re-read a section in their Social Studies workbooks so they could add their visual thinking right in the book or in their notebook. Some of them added speech bubbles next to each paragraph with a character as a summary, some of them drew out a time line, and some of them underlined the vocabulary and drew something that helped them remember what it meant. All great examples!
Everyone used Sketchnoting differently, and that's exactly what we wanted to happen. It's personal and unique to each student, just like their beautiful minds!
I'm an Instructional Coach at Daniel Island School in Berkeley County South Carolina.