Sketchnotes: Students Draw to Demonstrate Thinking

Sketchnotes: Students Draw to Demonstrate Thinking

Redefining Note-Taking 

I could talk about sketchnotes all day. I could also really talk about how I think they merge seamlessly with thinking maps and create a visual method of note-taking for students that defies traditional norms of the column or teacher-guided notetaking. 

Sketchnotes is visual note-taking.

If you need to be sold on the love of doodling watch this TED Talk, or simply check out any of Lynda Berry's work, like Syllabus. I love Verbal to Visual because they have made an entire center for teachers to become familiar with sketchnotes. 

Other videos I love that relate to the classroom:

WeAreTeachers created a great article for helping teachers understand some ways they can use sketchnotes in the classroom. If you simply google "sketchnotes in the classroom" 372,000 results pop up at the time of this post. I got the original idea from my teaching-internet friend Buffy, who runs Living in the Layers blog. Her blog post on poetry with sketchnotes immediately had my brain on fire. The kids love this strategy.  They often choose this over conventional means of note-taking or prepping for a writing assignment. I always require some sort of pre-writing before a project, and the majority of students are choosing this for their option. I have used this for writing, for reading logs, for table talk discussions, and gallery walks. This changes teaching. 

The results this month were beautiful. Here is a gallery of all of the sketchnotes that have stood out in the month of May 2018:

 

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