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#06: The 6 Most Motivating Sketchnotes in Education Today

Sylvia Duckworth (@sylviaduckworth) is a leading sketch note artist in education today. Her new book Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners is a MUST BUY for every teacher and administrator.

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Happy Motivational Monday! To get us motivated and remind us all why we're in this profession, we discuss the six most popular sketch notes and how they can motivate us to be better teachers. We'll also be giving away one of Sylvia's Sketchnotes for Education books in today's giveaway!

In this episode, Sylvia talks about some of her most popular sketch notes.These notes include the following and are shared with Sylvia's permission. If you want to find all her other incredible sketch notes, you'll need to buy the book which comes with download links so you can print on paper or poster for your school. (Scroll down for show notes, links, and the transcript.)

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I loved hearing the backstory behind these. Her most motivating sketch notes include:

1. Life (A Poem)

2. 12 Benefits of Creativity

3. The IceBerg Illusion

Today’s Give Away Contests! We have 3 give aways going right now. People who leave a review on iTunes will be entered in our drawing for 3 different items.  (see rules at the bottom of this post and instructions on how to leave a review:iPhone/iPad or PC/Mac instructions ):

4. Your Comfort Zone

5. 10 Ways to Flip a Kid and Turn His Day Around

10 Ways to Flip a Kid - Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

10 Ways to Flip a Kid – Sketchnote by @sylviaduckworth

6. 10 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs a PLN

I hope you enjoy this episode with Sylvia Duckworth ! Leave a review on iTunes to enter today's contest for the Makerbot Replicator Mini+. See below for contest rules.

Want to hear another motivating show? Hear NASSP 2017 Digital Principal of the Year David Geurin talk about helping teachers find their blind spots from episode 4.

Selected Links from this Episode (in order of mention)

TRANSCRIPT: Episode #06: Sylvia Duckworth and the Most Motivating Sketchnotes

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Full Bio

Sylvia Duckworth

Sylvia Duckworth @sylviaduckworth is a French teacher and Tech Coach, at Crescent School in Toronto. She and her students love Google Apps for Education and can't imagine life without them.  Sylvia blogs at

Contests included in this show

  • BOOK GIVEAWAY: Sketchnotes for Educators: 100 Inspiring Illustrations for Lifelong Learners by Sylvia Duckworth
    • Manner of Selection of Winners: All participants with a valid Twitter or Instagram handle who leave a review on iTunes for the 10-Minute Teacher between February 3, 2017 and midnight on February 5, 2017 will have their handles put into a random drawing to determine the winner.
    • Geographic Area and Eligibility: This is being shipped by the author and the location that is being shipped to should be commensurate with the shipping cost to North America. If it is not, an alternate winner may be awarded.
    • Dates: February 3, 2017 – February 5, 2017 at midnight EST.
    • How Prizes Will be Awarded: All names of people who leave reviews on iTunes will be put into a random drawing by the prize administrator.
    • Determination of date of winner: February 6, 2017 the name will be drawn and the winner will be notified.
    • No purchase necessary.
    • Alternate method of free participation. You may also enter with a social media posting on Instagram or Twitter linking to the show using the hashtag #10MT.
    • Winner’s name will be posted on this blog before February 27, 2017.
    • Void where prohibited.

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Vicki Davis

Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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Mark Eichenlaub January 3, 2018 - 4:49 pm

Those sketchnotes are AWESOME. I want to get started and have talked to Sylvia but… I am still unsure if they are made offline and scanned? I think she uses an iPad but I have seen others do it with pen and paper first.


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