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Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

Doodle Reflections & Starting #The100DayProject

In March I participated in Royan Lee’s #doodleaday challenge. It was a really neat experience to doodle with a community, and take in everyone’s responses to prompts shared each day. I found myself using my ferry ride home to unwind with my doodle. I’m pretty sure the ferry people think I’m some kind of crazy nut – all tucked into my drivers seat using the wheel as kind of a stand. They’ve had to blow their whistle at me to get moving more than once.

I have done plenty of skechnoting and doodling before, but had never done so many in a row, or to someone else’s prompts. Following the prompts pushed me out of my comfort zone, and I learned quite a bit about myself and from the great community.  I loved the whole experience! I have to especially thank Royan & Carrie Baughcum for their daily compliments and encouragement. The other comments and conversations around everyone’s doodles were inspiring.

Along the way Carrie inspired me to start planning my #The100DayProject, and I couldn’t be more … excited, full of ideas, and slightly terrified with myself for making a commitment to 100 days! Last year I watched Instagram each day for Sharron Drummond’s German words, thinking it was amazing! I’m thrilled to be part of the community this year. I’m already inspired by everyone’s projects and creativity. They are all so different and personal.

I am promising myself I will use my growth mindset, enjoy the experience, and the community. I’m not planning to mess up (skip days) but I will be forgiving of myself if I do.

So, here’s to 100 Days of Critter Doodles! At the moment I think it’s my perfect project! If you want to follow along join me on Instagram or at the #100daysofmzcritters.

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Share Facts With ChatterPix and Shadow Puppet EDU

Last week we explored lots of turkey facts, turkey art and more in preparation for Thanksgiving. One of the ways we were able to study turkeys was through a distance learning program from the Texas Wildlife Association. The whole group of 1st graders walks over to our administration building that’s set up with conferencing equipment.… Continue Reading




Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

Gathering Information for Research: On & Off The Page

I love informational texts, and so do my students. But, we also love informational videos. We can gather information on just about any subject from both types of resources. Think about the way you learn – besides a person standing in front of you. I’m guessing you mainly use two forms of media, text (of all… Continue Reading




Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Character Traits: Sketchnotes & Word Clouds 

Since my last two posts have been Mo Willems themed, I thought I’d share this Elephant and Piggie project from earlier this spring. In addition to loving The Pigeon, we also LOVE Mo Willems’ Elephant and Piggie books. So naturally, while working on inferring character traits, we used these two hilarious characters. As we read multiple… Continue Reading




Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Hello 2015! Goals For a New Year

Happy New Year! I have been enjoying my break, spending lots of time on a few of my favorite things, family, reading and cooking. I’ve also been reflecting on the last year, and setting goals for the new one. So … I got out my favorite stylus, The Cosmonaut, and made some #sketchnotes! My three… Continue Reading




Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing

Student Sketchnotes Make My Heart Sing

Sketchnotes are something I really enjoy. They’re fun, creative and they keep me engaged while I’m learning. There’s plenty of research out there saying they really work too. I’ve thought about trying to teach my students to use sketchnotes before, but hadn’t yet made a huge effort. Then, this happened in the middle of an inquiry we were doing… Continue Reading