Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Chart Happy!

I had a principal one time ask me what I do with all the information I read.  I thought it was a bit odd but it did cause me to stop and think about my response.  I read professionally to learn new things.  I read professionally to improve my practice.  I read professionally to affirm my thinking and practice.  I read professionally for enjoyment.  I love reading about other's thinking and stories in the field of education. Tonight I spent some time taking my learning from reading Smarter Charts and putting that learning into action.  I should of taken a picture of my messy classroom floor with drafts and piles of post its laying around.  I also had the book Smarter Charts out to refer to and guide my thinking.  I read a suggestion in the book to start keep a sketch book for charting.  I didn't think I was that skilled to have a chart sketch book but I could see the purpose for drafting in a sketch book.  I went through a few sheets of paper as I thought about horizontal or vertical or rows or columns.  I've got to stop by twitter at @chartchums to see their chart posting for the day.  I've also started taking pictures of my charts and I'm going to keep them in an Evernote notebook titled - My Charts because I just started a notebook titled Chartchums Charts where I can save all their wonderful inspiring ideas in one spot and tag them.





  1. Thank you for sharing your thinking, Mandy. I appreciate the way you use visuals to convey ideas clearly. I have some growing to do with my charts.

  2. Thanks, Mandy! I never even thought about keeping my charts in Evernote! What a duh! Your charts are so clear and concise. I still suffer from that first grade teacher who tore up my art paper - It did not match her idea of what the picture should look like!

    Great post!

  3. I'm doing the same thing with my charts after reading Smarter Charts this summer. I love what you did with ipick. Brilliant.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First