Do you have #Sketchnotefever?

Love at first sight

I fell in love with Sketchnoting before I even knew what it was. I had seen others share images on Twitter as a way of making their thinking visible and was blown away by the technique and creativity. When the  #Sketchnotefever  challenge from Sylvia Duckworth came up on Twitter, I jumped at the chance to join in with my pln and follow along with the lessons Sylvia shared each day.

I got so excited that I even bought the copy of Sylvia’s book . It’s safe to say that I got a little bit ahead of myself and did not complete the challenge. Luckily for me, Week 3 of Coetail is the motivation that I needed to try again and develop my skill of Sketchnoting throughout this course!

Signs, Signs

A few weeks ago I saw Sylvia Duckworth post on Twitter that she was going on a world tour. I commented on the status that she should come to Beijing, then not thinking anything of it as it did not seem like a possibility at the time. To my surprise she replied letting me know that she would be running a workshop in Beijing in just a few months time. I took this as a sign and registered immediately.

Making a plan

Below is my goal, steps and timeframe for becoming a Sketchnoter. I see it as not only a way to develop my own creativity, but also a literacy that I want to bring into my classroom. There are benefits of visual note taking at any age and I think that my early years students, many of whom speak multiple languages would find it to be a useful tool for us to explore.

I would love to hear your thoughts about my Sketchnote plan. How can it be improved to better support me in achieving my goal?

Ice Cream for Everyone!

Since moving into my an early years educator, teacher as researcher has been my role and now feels like the only natural way to approach my students. What I love so much about the PYP and inquiry learning, within the focus of a unit of inquiry student questions are used to drive the inquiry. When we begin our unit with a provocation(s) that is designed to spark the students interests, I then put on my researcher hat and observe how they interact with the new materials in the environment and record what interests are emerging.

Teacher as Researcher

One example of a student inquiry that emerged was in a unit about the systems within a community. Three girls in my class were fascinated by  ice cream shops and wanted to create their own, which they were doing each day by making ice cream out of loose parts and paper. As a teacher researcher, their play got to a certain point where it needed to be extended. So together we visited the librarian in search of some books related to their inquiry. This was a decision I thought about, what type of source is best to teach the students about finding a reliable source?

With the early years I have found that concrete examples, such as books are a great starting point to build an understanding before moving to the more abstract (online). We collected our books and then used the information we found to evaluate a video about an ice cream shop. By researching together and developing our prior knowledge we were better equipped to evaluate the online source. The video was the perfect addition because it brought the inquiry to life for the girls and gave them the excitement to further their inquiry by creating prices, signs and different containers to sell their product in.

A Daunting Task

The task of preparing kindergarten age students to be responsible digital citizens can feel  quite daunting at times. What is age appropriate? Where do I begin? Resources like Common Sense Media are invaluable at these times because they provide a bank of resources that I can go to that is age appropriate and focused on a specific topic.

Being a lifelong learner is something that I try my best to model for my students each and every day and will continue to do so as I grow my knowledge in the area of digital citizenship.

What do you think makes a responsible digital citizen?