Two very positive things happened this week as a result of that training. One was an increase in Nearpod usage across the campus due to a new awareness of the features that teachers have access to now based on their upgraded status as District Users.
The second is the way in which teachers have embraced the idea of using Visible Thinking with students. Here is a perfect example.
Elizabeth Dodge and Mary Ann Simmons have begun to use Sketchnoting in two ways that had never occurred to me before.
1. In FIT, when students are given passages to read, they are having them read a paragraph and then draw a quick picture of what that paragraph is mainly about. Elizabeth told me that the results were fairly amazing as the students could quickly go back and look at their drawing and know exactly what the main idea of that paragraph was. She said that it was way more effective than the practice of simply underlining and circling key words in a paragraph.
2. 5th Graders are doing a novel study on Hatchet now and at times the students read along in their own books as the teacher is reading out loud. Mary Ann and Elizabeth decided to use Sketchnoting as a way to help students stay engaged and retain more of the information they were reading. They gave each student one of the larger varieties of Post-it notes and asked them to sketch the important details in the chapters they were reading. Mary Ann reported that when one student was asked to explain to a student who had been absent the day before what the previous chapter was about, he simply pulled out his Sketchnote and began to retell the chapter with great clarity and detail.
I am including two samples for you to look at!