Celebrating Student Inquiry
Sketchnoting and Doodling as a Learning Strategy
Issue #28/ March 19, 2018
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As the old saying goes, "a picture is worth a thousand words." Not much more was needed to show the level of engagement and excitement some of our elementary school students felt with a recent lesson in botany. Davis Elementary (@DavisTigers87) recently tweeted some pictures of their students exploring the parts of plants while learning what it is that plants need.
Cooper Middle School teacher Daniel Harbert (@DanielCHarbert) recently shared an image of one of his students troubleshooting issues that came about with a pinhole camera created in class. In another tweet, one student was so wrapped up in creating a website for a business she is creating, that she almost missed the bell to go to her next class!
Issue #28 Theme: Wisdom from Within Our Ranks
It can be so easy to look to others for inspiration, but with over 18,000 employees here in the Cobb County School District, we are sitting on a gold mine of wisdom and inspiration. In this issue, enjoy reading some of the tweets from our colleagues.
Learning By Doing
Dickerson Middle School teacher Kristen Cain showcased her students' current book study using The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean. The students were encouraged to doodle as they experienced the book being read aloud and it served to help them review the periodic table of elements, plus concepts related to the periodica table, in preparation for their upcoming End of Course tests, pairing reading, art, and science in a multidisciplinary format.
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As Supervisors of Fine Arts and Social Studies respectively, both Laura Laquaglia and Trudy Delhey recently retweeted an article commenting on the plateuing of reading skills amongst American students. In adding their commentaries, both women identified that all educational disciplines work in tandem to support real-world skills, especially foundational ones found in reading.
You can read the initial article that sparked their thoughts here.
The Work-based Learning program at Sprayberry (@SprayberryWBL) tweeted about the recent opportunity they and the Sprayberry DECA Club had to talk with on air radio personality Angie Ward of 94.9 The Bull and iHeartRadio about the process of radio production. As it turned out, Angie is a regular attendee to their annual Egg Drop.
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