Sketchnoting in the Classroom Revisited

copyright 2018 Mike Rohde

by Tim Goss

We’ve posted about sketchnoting in the past describing how valuable a skill this can be for both teachers and students. For a quick refresher, read these posts from November 2015 and February 2016:

What is Sketchnoting?

Handwriting and Note Taking Step into the Spotlight

Sketchnoting, or visual note-taking, is creating a personal story of what you are watching and hearing. Sketchnoting combines words and images to enhance memory, understanding and meaning. Sketchnoting is a higher order process of capturing information. And it works.

The father of sketchnoting, Mike Rohde, has a useful Web site –  with resources that will help you get started in learning sketchnoting and teaching it to your students. Here is his latest blog post:

Teaching Sketchnotes to Teachers

And two good but short videos on sketchnoting:

The basics of Visual Notetaking

Sketchnoting Elements

If you would like to see a face-to-face sketchnoting class offered through BLIS, just add a comment to the bottom of this post. You can also throw in comments or questions related to sketchnoting and we’ll get in touch or post the answers here.

Teacher Visitation and Collaboration (TVAC)

TVAC (Teacher Visitation and Collaboration) is a great way to enrich your professional practice and positively impact your students’ achievement. Take advantage of this great opportunity to obtain a one-time four-hour sub to cover your classroom while you visit the classroom of another outstanding Bethel educator. Your learning target is to observe exceptional teaching, collaborate with your host teacher, and reflect on your learning as you apply the skills into your own professional practice.

Please follow the link to apply:

Click here to apply for TVAC! 

On this site you will find a list of teachers from all grade levels, all buildings, and various specialties offering you a vast field of expertise. The TVAC scheduling window will close by spring break or when the opportunities are gone (whichever comes first). Don’t hesitate to sign up now.

If you have any questions about the process or anything else regarding TVAC please contact Kelly Leguizamon:


Welcome District TOSAs

Welcome back Teachers! Now that the school year is underway, we wanted to take this opportunity to introduce you to our knowledgeable and accessible TOSA Team for school year 2017/18!

Please take a moment to get to know them through the information provided below. And don’t hesitate to reach out to them often. They are excited to support you in supporting students!

Carolyn Jenkins

I have been working with people on the Autism Spectrum for more than 30 years. I’ve worked in Utah and in Oregon in many settings – group homes, recreation, home-based instruction, respite – but working in schools has been my favorite. I have worked in schools for 20 years as a Resource Room Teacher and Autism Consultant in Cottage Grove, and as an Autism Consultant for Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD. 5 years ago I was lucky enough to be able to develop a new program in South Lane School District for students on the Autism Spectrum. I have a special interest in supporting students with Social Skills instruction and helping people understand the sensory needs of our students. I am thrilled to have joined Bethel! I look forward to working with the staff to make all schools supportive of our students who are on the Spectrum. I will be working with all schools and all students, Kindergarten to age 21. I can be reached by email or by calling 541-689-3283 ext 2038.

kelly-leguizamonKelly Leguizamon

I have been teaching middle school math for the past 11 years.  As a classroom teacher and TOSA, I try to be innovative in my practice and encourage others to take risks and try new things.  I’ll have a strong focus this year on using SIOP strategies in the classroom to support students who are learning English.  Another area of interest is how to support students who have IEPs for math while keeping them in a General Education classroom. I hope to model and provide feedback on how to structure lessons to get students actively involved and participating in class. I can be reached by email or by calling 541-689-3283 ext 2065.

lisa-suchmanLisa Suchman

I spent my first three years teaching as a founding special education teacher at a new High school on the Southwest side of Chicago that serves urban, low income students. As a special education teacher, I co-taught Writing and Literature to 10-12th graders. At the end of my time in Chicago, 100% of my graduating cohort were accepted to four year universities, all of whom are first generation college students. After moving to the Northwest in 2013, I worked for a year in the Vancouver Public schools building a 1-5th grade Structured Learning Classroom for students with behavior needs. I moved to Eugene in 2014, when I began teaching in the ERR classroom at Shasta Middle school. At Shasta, I worked with the amazing staff to build a full inclusion program for students on the Autism spectrum. Over the past three years of working in behavior and with students on the Autism Spectrum, I have become passionate about creating strong inclusion programs that promote positive behavior environments and the opportunity for all students to have access to the general education setting.  I can be reached by email or by calling 541-689-3283 ext 2006.

Georgeann Harty

I have been working in the education field for over 25 years.  I love being a detective to help figure out the best way to help students succeed!  As the TOSA for Special Services in Bethel I will serve all schools and settings.  I am your go to with any questions about IEP/504 services, laws, or miscellaneous items.  If I don’t know the answer I will find it!  My extension is 2009.  I look forward to serving you all!

EOY 2016-2017

With the final days of the school year rapidly approaching, we wanted to send out one last Instruction Site Post before you leave for the summer. Below are some links that relate to the end of an academic year. Some may remind you of why you are in education, some may be inspiring, others are silly, and still others might be helpful as you look forward to next year. Check them out!

TED talks: Talks from Inspiring Teachers

Get the Most Out of Summer by Vicki Davis: Edutopia

21 EOY Memes for Teachers: We Are Teachers

EOY Reflection questions: Minds in Bloom

Visit past Instruction Site posts: Instruction Site

Thank you for all you do for students in Bethel. Amazing things happen here and it’s because of the commitment by teachers, school leaders, and staff to ensure that we reach, teach, and inspire each student to excellence.

We appreciate you!

And, remember…

“They may forget what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.” — Carol Buchner

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