One of the most influential blog posts I’ve read was this one by George Couros, “8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom.” Sylvia Duckworth’s use of SketchNote, adds a powerful visual to support the elements explained in the post. As classrooms become more learner-focused, these eight characteristics should be evident to any observer. With these elements come motivation, engagement, and those crucial 4 C’s — communication, critical thinking, collaboration, and creativity. Could notes like these be an option for students who may not think and write in traditional formats? How many of these crucial elements could someone observe in your classroom?