I guess if you aren’t going to write a blog post for seven months… the next one should hopefully be hecka awesome (yes, pun intended). Journaling is something that has helped me get through these unprecedented times and bring some calm to the otherwise chaos that is. Sometimes I would write a list or a bit of gratitude. Other times a doodle. In May, I partnered with DBC Inc and launched my first ever Quarantine Journaling event with a journal prompt for every day and a # to post to. It was an amazing reaffirmation at the power journaling has to unite people, bring out their creativity, and stir up joy and thoughtful conversations. It went so well, that I wanted people to have a way to keep all of their day’s journal entries all in one spot so I did a guest post on Shake Up Learning and created a photo journal prompt template in Keynote and Google Slides.
How it Came to Be
Flash forward to today and beyond all of the rambling… Carrie Baughcum and I have been hard at work to offer something like the quarantine journaling challenge again… but with a twist. One twist is that we are providing the journaling elements and the other is that there is a bit more structure to the journaling process as we wanted to make it even more accessible to students and educators.
What It Actually Entails
As you know, I don’t like to leave you without the information that you might need so here goes:
- Multi-week: This passion project encompasses five weeks of activities. Each week focuses on something slightly different (e.g. get to know you, goal-setting, self care/self regulation, time management/organization, learning mascots, and more).
- Multiple Avenues: As we weren’t sure of everyone’s current reality and we wanted to meet the needs of a variety of learners, there is both an analog and a Google Slides version. So one could easily print these resources and use them in an analog journal or with an app like Notability or GoodNotes OR if one is fully digital, then Google Slides would work for that.
- Many Ways: The cool thing about having these doodles is that it supports dual coding – using text and visuals AND these visuals are simple enough to be used to represent many different things (e.g. literal and figurative).
- Managing Directions: Each week reveals a new set of slides, doodles, and prompts. Each slide deck is organized with our bio info (if you want to reach out and/or tag us with some examples), step by step directions for each doodle/journal pack, and lots of visuals to get you started.
All five weeks are now packaged and available for download.
A Little Extra
As you also know, I always love to leave you with at least one more thing… so…
- 👍Goodies: Because everyone loves goodies, Carrie and I will be giving away a copy of our books every other week to randomly selected people that share their examples or their student’s to the #HomeRoomEDU on Instagram or Twitter.
- 🙌Extra Resources: And because I love to be a little extra, I have tons of templates and additional resources for you to expand your love of journaling here and Carrie is the queen of all things doodling so check out her site and videos here.
- 🔊Notifications and Bonuses: Because this time is super hectic and chaotic in this new normal… if you would like to be notified each week when the next set is available AND/OR as we start offering FREE Webinars, please complete the google form here.
Please know that this is a passion project and also a first attempt at doing something like this, so if you have thoughts and feelings about how to make it better, please reach out to either one of us. 😉
FREEBIES AND GOODIES OH MY!
I should also mention that I have lots of additional FREE trackers and templates that could be used digitally, printed, and/or put in a journal. They can be found in the Creatively Productive Digital Downloads Doc Locker. Just sign up using the form below and you will receive a link shortly with a secret link to the site and password to nab your freebies.