Use a picture. It’s worth a thousand words.
~ Arthur Brisbane
Picture-notes instead of boring-notes
Last year I returned to school after 20 years of being out in the “real world”. I was a different person than when I did my undergraduate work. Given my personal evolution over the past 20 years, it makes sense that I would bring new tools into the classroom. One of these tools is my zest for illustration and color over pen and pencil. This zest translated into a brand new way of taking notes. I used my colored pencils and Crayon Rocks — a new type of crayon that is big and round, made of soy (you can eat ’em without keeling over), and of much finer grain than those ole Crayolas.
I have found my “graphic note-taking” to be much more fun and more memorable than the tradition approach. I am grateful to Jeannel King, a professional Graphic Facilitator, in San Diego for helping inspire my new strategy. Check out her website to see her, very cool, work.
Examples from the Classroom and Life
Here are a few examples of my notes. I’d enjoy any feedback that they might stimulate 🙂