Last week I was able to go to the BYU Cites Literacy Promise Conference. I will be writing a 3 part series on some of the sessions I attended at this conference.
One of the first sessions I went to was about using Sketchnotes by Tanny McGregor. Tanny was amazing. I have seen sketchnotes used many times. It is something I wanted to incorporate into my lessons, but I didn't know where to start.. Then I saw Spark Creativity's One-Pager Notes. I thought--Perfect! I can mix Sketchnotes with One-Pager Nots. I know exactly how I want to use this! Next week I will be doing some test prep review and I wanted to use it as a way to review reading and literary elements with my students when we read "The Scarlet Ibis."
Now comes Tanny McGregor. Man, I wish I had heard this back in August or September. It would have been great to use all year.
According to Tanny, sketchnotes do four things:
Sketchnotes are more than just a pretty page. It is making our thinking visible. It is creative, meaningful annotation, words and pictures together. It is visual thinking. How great can this be for our visual learners? our kinesthetic learners? Students note what is interesting and what is important. It doesn't matter HOW you draw your notes. The content is most important. You don't have to be the next Van Gogh--just make it meaningful to you.
If you want more information on Sketchnotes, you can visit Tanny's website. If you want more information on One-Pager Notes, you can visit Now Spark Creativity's website.