Graphic Jam for Kids with Dyslexia

SDSquared, a dyslexia tutor-student matching service, sponsored a lecture on adaptive technology and a graphic jam on October 21, 2017. OGSystems provided the venue.

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The attendingkids participated in the graphic jam and added their drawings to the "What's Hard For You?" section of the graphic recording.

Getting Kids Involved with Work

This month, I taught over a hundred secondary school teachers visual note taking (mind mapping and sketchnoting.) In preparation, I wanted to show how I involve my kids are with my work. Here's the result:

Lunch with Ed Emberely

Good use for an old chart: flip it over and make a drawable tablecloth.  



Stickies visible on the other side of the paper


Dracula is in Ed Emberley's Big Green Drawing Book


Ed Emberley's Big Red Drawing Book


Ed Emberley's Drawing Book of Faces

Where's Julie?

The nice thing about facilitating in-residence programs is the quiet nights that offer a chance to work on Julie's Doodles. 


Go Lisey!

How you see yourself is just as important to health and wellbeing as diet and exercise. Check out, an new effort by my friend and colleague, Elise Yanker, to reframe how cancer patients see themselves and the world around them.

Advice from a Hero

 “The only way to learn how to write and draw is by writing and drawing … to persist in the face of continual rejection requires a deep love of the work itself, and learning that lesson kept me from ever taking Calvin and Hobbes for granted when the strip took off years later.”

--Bill Watterson


A Julie Moment: guided imagery with 8 year olds


This is a version of guided imagery for kids. After tracing kids' outlines, ask questions:

  • "What's your favorite food?" - have them draw their answer on their stomach.
  • "What's your favorite thing to do when you're alone?" - have them draw their answer on their hands.
  • "What do you run away from (what are you most afraid of?)" - have them draw their answer on their feet.
  • "What's your favorite dream?" - have them draw their answer on their head. 
  • "Who can you lean on for help?" - have them draw their answer on their shoulders.
  • "Where do you get your strength?" - have them draw their answer on their legs or arms.
  • "Who is your best friend?" - have them draw their answer on their heart.

I did this for a girl scout activity. One mom came to pick her daughter up and looked at the outline. She started tearing up and said, "I had no idea."