Many of you know that I used to teach in a public school for a brief period of time. Compared to those of you who have decided to stick it out for eternity (God Bless You and Keep You!), my 6 years seems like a flash in the pan. Some of the things that I learned and am still seeing with that students that I teach in my private studio, though, is:
1. Technology should be utilized at all costs - they have it in their everyday lives, you BETTER be using it in the classroom or you are putting the students at a disadvantage to their peers
2. Creativity matters. Few people in their lives challenge students to have a creative outlet - which ultimately lends itself to better problem solving skills and improvement in their ability to 'think outside of the box'. We have become so worried about test tasking, in my opinion, that things (which ironically could improve those scores) are dismissed as unnecessary parts of the curriculum.
So, here's my current contribution - a video from EDUTOPIA showing exactly what I have been saying about sketch noting along with some suggestions for my teacher friends on ways to implement these strategies in your classroom.
I would love to answer any questions you have, or brainstorm with you regarding sketch note ideas for your classroom. Please feel free to contact me.