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Thinking with Sketchnotes: Untangling Ideas, Releasing Creativity, and Deepening Comprehension / A Virtual Mini-Workshop

Presented by Tanny McGregor

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Date and Time

A 90-minute virtual mini-workshop from 6:00pm to 7:30pm Eastern Time (ET).

  • Monday, November 29, 2021

Please note that this virtual mini-workshop is scheduled for Eastern Time (ET). If you are in a different time zone, please plan your schedule accordingly.


Sketchnoting, also known as visual notetaking, helps make thinking visible, visual, and meaningful. All kinds of people sketchnote, for all kinds of reasons. By introducing sketchnoting in your classroom, you will provide opportunities for your students to engage with and explore their thinking with what they are reading, listening to, or viewing. In this session, Tanny uncovers the how and why behind visual note-taking, including research and benefits, providing everything you need to introduce and launch sketchnoting across grade levels and content areas to foster creativity and comprehension. The benefits of visual note-taking apply whether students are learning at school or at home, so the practice will be examined through both lenses. If you don't consider yourself to be artistic, no worries. With Tanny as your guide, you'll soon discover how your thinking, and the thinking of your students, can become even more powerful on the page.

Learning Objectives

What will I learn? What questions will this mini-workshop answer?

  • Inking as thinking. Where did this practice originate? Who uses it?
  • More than just a pretty page. What does research suggest about sketchnoting?
  • One blank page = unlimited possibilities. How might I launch this practice with students to release their creativity and deepen their comprehension?
  • Thinkers and artists. Is sketchnoting about the art? Is it about the thinking? Or is it both?
  • A sketchnoter's treasure trove. Where can I find resources and templates to continue the practice beyond this workshop?

About the Presenter

Internationally known teacher and conference speaker Tanny McGregor brings over thirty years of professional experience to her popular sessions. Her workshops are known for their creative and engaging style. Originally a classroom teacher, Tanny has served as a literacy coach, gifted intervention specialist, and PreK-12 staff developer. She is the author of three books, Comprehension Connections: Bridges to Strategic Reading; Genre Connections: Lessons to Launch Literary and Nonfiction Texts; and her newest release, Ink & Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking. Tanny was also a contributor to the seminal work Comprehension Going Forward: Where We Are/What's Next. In addition to writing and consulting, Tanny serves as a teacher on special assignment in Cincinnati, Ohio. Follow her on Twitter @TannyMcG.

Who Should Participate

Classroom teachers across content areas K-12, special education teachers, instructional coaches, English language specialists, gifted specialists, curriculum coordinators, administrators.

Special 2021 Tuition Fee

The cost of this virtual mini-workshop is $40.00 per person. Tuition also includes access to the recorded workshop for 60 days.

Related Book

To support your learning in this workshop, we highly recommend Ink & Ideas: Sketchnotes for Engagement, Comprehension, and Thinking.


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11/29/2021 - 6:00-7:30pm ET, Online

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