This is one of a series of blog posts that continue the conversation around Still Learning to Read--teaching reading to students in grades 3-6. This series will run on the blog on Tuesdays starting in August 2016 and continue through the school year.
Another reason I LOVE having a coach--Sometimes they push me to study things that I can't seem to find time to get to on my own. This week, our literacy coach Heather Halli, helped my students and me think about Sketchnoting. She sent an email out a few weeks ago, sharing an article she had read on Two Writing Teachers called Sketchnoting: My First Attempt by Dana Murphy. I had been trying to attend one of Tanny McGregor's sessions on Sketchnoting but my schedule hadn't worked out. So, Heather and I talked about sketchnoting informally after her email and we quickly shared resources over text and email for the last few weeks. I had been meaning to watch Tanny McGregor's and Shawna Coppola's Sketchnoting webinar that was recorded from the Ed Collaborative online PD Day but hadn't had the time. When Heather said she watched Tanny McGregor's EdCollaborative webinar on Sketchnoting, I knew I needed to watch it too. So I made the time. (See what I mean about coaches--after months of trying to make time to learn from Tanny, Heather's thinking helped me to actually move forward!)
(Our new edition of Still Learning to Read was released in August! You can order it online at Stenhouse! You can follow the conversation using the hashtag #SLTRead or you can join us for a book chat on Facebook that began this week by joining our group here.)