Sketchnotes are all the rage in education right now! They are a way for students to use their WHOLE brain when taking notes or gathering information in a class. I have been doing sketchnoting before it was even a thing–like back in the 90s–teachers just thought I  was doodling; but drawing sketches, adding bold font, and inserting arrows into my notes was a way for me to control my wandering mind. By drawing while the teacher was teaching, I kept the visual/imaginative side of my brain busy so my language side could focus on what the teacher was saying. IMG_5284.JPG.jpg

(From: The Sketchnote Workbook, By: Mike Rohde – 2015)

“Sketchnotes are rich visual notes created from a mix of handwriting, drawings, hand-drawn typography, shapes, and visual elements like arrows, boxes and lines” (Rohde)

These notes are a way to capture big ideas from any lesson, and anyone can do it! Plus… BEST PART: It’s FUN!!!



Sketchnotes work best when teachers show examples and teach the basic elements to students. I plan on having my students use sketchnotes to have a visual/written record of what they learn about the differences between the North and the South before the American Civil War (as a part of my Civil War Game… more details on this soon!). My students have already been taught the basics of sketchnoting by the ELA teacher on my team; therefore, I will just be showing them this video of me sketchnoting to kick start the lesson!

Sorry it’s sideways… #techproblems #amateur #sketchnoteslookgoodthough

Try something new & HAVE FUN!


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