Visual Note-Taking for Educators

I  recently finished reading Visual Note-taking for Educators: A Teacher’s Guide to Student Creativity by Wendi Pillars and wanted to share this fun, educational read that would be a great addition to any parent or teacher’s learning. Additionally, it was a great book to accompany the book I read with my professional learning community last year, Making it Stick: The Science of Successful Learning by Peter C. Brown, Henry L Roediger III, and Mark A. McDaniel. Visual Note-taking for Educators started with a great introduction and overview of many different scientific learning principles before jumping into a variety of practical ideas for the classroom. The focus on brain-based learning through the integration of student-created visuals makes this book especially relevant in a time when all too many students lack the skills to synthesize, analyze, connect, and critically think about the content they are intended to learn. I especially enjoyed several of the quotes that began the chapters including: Change your language and you change your thoughts. -Karl Albrecht The world needs all kinds of minds, and some of those minds think in pictures. -Temple Grandin Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else. -Leonardo da Vinci This book would make […]

The Simple Strength of Finnish Education

I commonly read about Finland’s education system and one of my favorite people to read from is Tim Walker. He’s come out with another piece titled: The Simple Strength of Finnish Education It’s a quick read where you’ll learn more about his thoughts on Finland’s sensible, independent, modest, playful, low-stress, and equitable (SIMPLE) education system. Have a lovely day! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez

3 Great Articles to Spark Discussions

There are three articles I’ve read recently that I wanted to share with you. While each of them is focused within a different topic area, they are all related to the field of education and have the potential to spark wonderful discussions within colleagues, friends, or even students. They are listed in no particular order. When Finnish Teachers work in America’s Public Schools By Timothy D. Walker of The Atlantic Teaching Children the Real Names for Body Parts By Perri Klass of The New York Times A Deep Conversation about Binary Thinking By Allie Jane Bruce of Reading While White I find these three to be a fun change of pace for a K-12 staff meeting (or high school current events class) in which the entire group is broken up into three smaller groups. In this setting each group is given one of the articles to read and discuss before sharing out with the whole group. The larger group can then have a discussion if time permits. I hope you enjoy! Your librarian, Katelyn Martens-Rodriguez