Wednesday, July 06, 2016

The Power-Reflection on Chapter 1, 2 and Bonus DIY Literacy

Week of July 3rd: Ch 1&2 Bonus 

I'm celebrating and reflecting after reading the Foreword by Franki Sibberson, Acknowledgements (Leigh Anne Eck), Chapter 1, Chapter 2 and the Bonus of the professional text, DIY Literacy by Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts.  I've learned so many things just from the beginning section of the book.  The biggest take-away I'm thinking over repeatedly is that I feel empowered.  I connected with the idea of keeping the Good Witch's mantra in my head.  I realize that every teacher has the power to mine their own strategies-we just have to believe in it.  We are the magic that makes the difference for each and every student we touch.

You've always had the power, my dear.  You had to learn it for yourself.

I look forward to trying the suggestions authors Kate and Maggie have shared.  I appreciate how they have explained the step by step processes for how to use all four of the tools shared within the text:  

  • the charts (repertoire and process)
  • the demo notebooks
  • the micro-progression of skills
  • and the bookmarks 
I look forward to trying all of them but I am most interested in trying the demo notebook and the bookmarks right now.  Maybe I'll change my thinking after reading more from the next few chapters of the book...

As I reflect on my learning, one of the other things I am trying is to Sketchnote each of the chapters in my own notebook.  I felt very excited to share my first attempt via twitter and the google+ cyberpd community.
While reading about the Bookmark Tool, I connected with this quote:  "...research shows the physical act of writing activates the part of our brains that brings desired information to the forefront, triggering us to focus and set intention." (pg. 19).  I think the sketchnoting is helping me to better remember what I'm learning and connecting with as I read.  Consequently, I'm as excited as ever to also share the concept with other teachers too.  I'd also like to have students give it a go!

Samples from the other chapters
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the book.  I'm also hoping to learn with others in the #cyberpd community during the tweet chats.  If you haven't picked up this book to read yet, please do.  You'll read the text feeling empowered and inspired by the way the authors share their thinking.  Thank you to Kate Roberts and Maggie Beattie Roberts for writing DIY Literacy.


Gigi McAllister said...

Love the sketch notes!

Marcie R said...

LOVE the sketch noting and the quote you brought to life on p. 19. Powerful stuff and thanks for sharing a picture of your sketch notes!

Ms. Victor said...

Still waiting to feel empowered (well, I do feel empowered, just need to do it)> Super that you are trying out sketchnoting and interesting that you already feel that has helped you remember and connect.

Heidi Weber said...

I love your sketchnotes! Such a wonderful strategy! I have been exploring it with students and they LOVE it! My "mantra" is creating ideas, not art (Mike Rohde). Even if you never share your notes with others, the powerful process of sketching while you think is so worth it.

Thanks for sharing your resource! A few others to check out are Sunni Brown's Doodle Revolution, Mike Rohde's Sketchnote Handbook and Wendi Pillars Visual Note-Taking for Educators.

Leigh Anne Eck said...

I love the quote you referenced. I know I remember more when I write it down. I would love to try the sketchnoting but I am not an artist. Mine would pale in comparision to everyone else's, so I love Heidi's mantra - creating ideas, not art! That gives me a little bit of courage!

Stacey Shubitz said...

That bonus chapter is such a gem, isn't it?!?!?