Workshop Descriptions

Launching Visual Science Notebooks In The Classroom

Extending the keynote, this session will provide specifics for several strategies utilized in visual science notebooks. Participants will engage in observational drawing (designed especially for those who struggle with drawing) art-making techniques for notebooks, and mind mapping. Assessment strategies will also be shared. This interactive session will prepare and empower teachers to launch Visual Science Notebooks with their students in the fall.

Susan Antonelli

Susan Antonelli is an educational consultant and author of the Wonder Teacher blog. Certified as an early childhood and elementary teacher, she also earned a Master’s Degree in Elementary School Administration from The Citadel. She began her career as a 3rd grade teacher at Ashley River Creative Arts Elementary School where she earned National Board Certification as a Middle Childhood Generalist. She has since served as a grant director, adjunct professor at the College of Charleston, music and art teacher, preschool teacher, curriculum designer, and professional development leader throughout South Carolina. For the past thirteen years she has been the co-instructor of The Creative Teaching Institute, an arts-focused, state-sponsored graduate course for classroom teachers. In 2003 Mrs. Antonelli was given an Exemplary Achievement Award by the City of Charleston for dedication, vision, and work in the area of arts in education. Currently, she serves as an Instructional Coach with Engaging Creative Minds, a non-profit organization dedicated to bridging the arts and education communities while providing rich arts-based learning experiences for children. She is passionate about empowering teachers and engaging students through creative inquiry and the arts.