Paper Fifty Three (Think Kit): Sketch Noting

I am participating in the CISD Digital Learning Coach Blogging Challenge.  I have chosen to utilize the Think Kit in Paper Fifty Three to organize ideas and reflect on the experience and outcome with this blog post.

I am experienced with sketch noting with Paper, but I rarely use the Think Kit.  On the sketch below, I used tools in the Think Kit to enhance my practice.

Using the app, Paper, I created this sketch to illustrate and organize the new (updated 2015) Texas Prekindergarten Guidelines.  The blue oval and orange circles in the center are connected with arrows – all created with the Think Kit tools embedded within Paper.  A few other shapes on the sketch were also created with the Think Kit tools.

Prekindergarten Mathematics


Read about the features of Think Kit, including diagram, fill, and cut here.

Other sketch notes I have created can be found on my blog here.


Keynote Animations: Measuring with a Protractor

I am participating in the CISD Digital Learning Coach Blogging Challenge.  I have chosen to utilize the animation features in Keynote in a new way and reflect on the experience and outcome with this blog post.

In about an hour, I created this 42 second video:




Now for the steps I took to arrive at the video as the final product:

  • Create a new Keynote Presentation – I chose the white theme.
  • Use Pixabay to identify the ferris wheel image (Bonus!  It’s in the Public Domain!)
  • Slide 1: Insert ferris wheel image and add text (find the measure of the angle between the spokes on the ferris wheel).
  • Slide 2: Create the ray from the center of the ferris wheel and use the line draw feature to animate.  Create a second ray on top of the other one.
  • Slide 3: Use the magic move feature to animate the angle opening and add text (estimate the angle measure).
  • Grab an image of a protractor and use Photoshop’s magic eraser tool to make the background (and all of the inside parts) transparent.
  • Slide 4: Insert the edited protractor image.
  • Slide 5: Use magic move to rotate the protractor.
  • Use another program with equation editor ability (such as Microsoft Word) to create the 20 degrees symbol – am I missing something with Keynote here?  Can I create math type in Keynote without having the actual MathType program on my Mac?
  • Slide 5: Insert the 20 degrees symbol.
  • Slide 6: Add the text (how did your estimate compare?)
  • Export the Keynote file to Quicktime.
  • Upload the Quicktime file to Vimeo.

All of that in about an hour.  I know Keynote has so many features I have not yet used/learned.  It is a powerful tool and well worth exploring!

Here’s a pic of my 6 slides:

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6 Keynote Slides

My friend, Kyle Pearce has some great examples of using Keynote animations with math on his website:

Note: I gave myself an hour to complete this because I know I would devote an entire weekend to a Keynote if I could!




Explain Everything: Addition with Regrouping

I am participating in the CISD Digital Learning Coach Blogging Challenge.  I have chosen to utilize Explain Everything in a new way and reflect on the experience and outcome with this blog post.

Inspired by this video by Graham Fletcher, I decided to try Explain Everything with ten frames and counters for grade 1 (addition with regrouping).  Knowing the process of regrouping is as important, or even more important than, the solution to an addition problem, I realized a digital tool such as Explain Everything could be used to capture learners’ thinking.

First, I made this template:


This is an image, click the link below to access the file (on your iPad).

Link to Explain Everything File

Then came the easy part…hand it to children and let them explore.  With no support and one take later, these files were saved on my iPad:


Notice the problem has been changed.  She did that herself!


And another…Notice she gives herself a smiley face!

In a setting that is not 1:1 (iPads for every learner), educators could choose to set up a station with a single iPad loaded with the template file to capture learners’ thinking.

Also, educators could use Explain Everything to create video explanations to share with learners and parents.  There is so much power in hearing someone’s voice and understand their thinking.

I love Explain Everything – it has such potential in the classroom even for our youngest of learners!


My Mission Statement

I’m a coach at heart.  I love helping others grow.  I see good in people, operate with a growth mindset, and proudly sport my rose-colored glasses.  Yes, I’m a sunshine pumper and proud of it!  I know I cannot encourage, support, or dedicate myself to the growth of anyone without the belief that they harbor some capacity to improve.  And, the amount of time and effort invested in others is always well worth it.

Recently, I had the opportunity to have an impactful conversation with another coach-at-heart, Ainsley Rose.  Ainsley is a member of Jim Knight’s Instructional Coaching Team.  Amongst many other insightful comments he made, the first that called me to action was my need for a personal/professional mission statement.

So, I asked myself these questions (which came to mind as fast as I could scratch them down on paper):

  • What is important to me?
  • What impact do I want to make?
  • Why do I do the work that I do?
  • What makes a difference to the people I encounter?
  • What makes the good days good?
  • What is missing from my not-so-good days?

The answers…

  • inspire – I want others to be better, personally and professionally, because they have interacted with me (short term or long term).
  • honor – People should feel they are important.  They should be valued.  The alternative, feeling unimportant and not valued, is so detrimental and so challenging from which to recover, showing honor is not negotiable.  I want to honor people.
  • celebrate – When awesome things happen, we should celebrate – small things and big things.  It’s all about perspective – what is small to one may be huge to another.  I want to celebrate others for who they are and what they do.
  • acknowledge – Recognition of others’ insight, perspective, time, and even presence matters.  I want to acknowledge other people, all people.
  • notice – The phrase I see you is worth its weight in gold!  It is so important to show a little kindness and think of others and notice people – sometimes those who should be noticed are right in front of us.  I want to notice others.

And that was it.  Inspire. Honor. Celebrate. Acknowledge. Notice. That sums me up.  That is my mission.

Then, I rearranged the words and they beautifully spelled C-H-A-I-N, as in a chain reaction.  That was it.  I want to start a chain reaction.


My next step is to test this out.  Own it.  Share it.  Determine if it really, really fits me as much as I feel that it does today.

What is your personal/professional mission statement?


Don’t have one yet?  If you are interested in a little more structure to develop your mission statement, I found this gem (from West Virginia Department of Education), thanks to the wonder of the internet: Developing Your Own Personal Mission Statement.  In all honesty, I didn’t use this tool to build my mission statement, but I did use it to verify that what had fallen into place was what I would be proud to claim as my own.

My mission is to celebrate, honor, acknowledge, inspire, and notice others.

I can relate to Pete the Cat when he realized he didn’t need his magic sunglasses – I know to look for the good in every day.