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Hello/Bonjour! I am an avid sketchnoter, AIM French teacher and Tech Coach, Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Apple Teacher and Apple Distinguished Educator (July 2017) with more than 30 years of teaching experience in the public and independent school systems. I love interacting with other educators, so please click on the links above/right to connect with me on social media or you can email me at: sduckworth100@gmail.com


Toronto, Canada


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    • Sylvia, I refer to your Iceberg illusion illustration in an orientation for students to develop their persistence. Could I get written permission from you? My institution requires it:-) Tidewater Community College, Norfolk Virginia


  1. I love your notes! I see you are Canadian too and you work at Crescent school! When did you get started with the notes..who did you study with! I’m from ashbury college in Ottawa!


  2. I LOVE your sketches! They inspire me to try it for myself. What model of iPad are you currently using? (I also asked this question on Facebook). Keep sharing your learning through your sketches. Tjey meet me at my learning style and I want to share that with others. 👍🏼


  3. Hi Sylvia,
    May I please have permission to use a copy of an image that was tweeted by the TRBA of 10 Reasons Why Every Teacher Needs a PLN? It is not for commercial reasons and your name, as signed in the bottom right corner will remain evident. Thank you for your consideration. JoAnn Dixon


      • My Name is Rozana and I am a student in the Master of Teaching program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto (OISE/UT). A component of this degree program involves conducting a small-scale qualitative research study. My research will focus on teachers’ perspectives and strategies on retaining students in Core French programs beyond grade 9. I am interested in interviewing teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to retaining students’ interest in French language learning, and who have a minimum of 3 year of experience teaching core French. Because I think that your knowledge and experience will provide insights into this topic, would you agree to be interviewed by me through answering a set of questions pertaining to your professional background and practices?

        Please let me know if that’s okay with you so we could arrange for a time that works best for you.

        Thank you


  4. Hi Ms. Duckworth,

    Thank you for providing so many useful sketchnotes for educators. I would like to use several (8 Things to Look for in Today’s Classroom, Growth Mindset vs Fixed Mindset, 6 Golden Rules for Engaging Students, and 12 Benefits of Creativity) in a presentation and booklet on Sketchnotes for educators in the Jurupa Unified School District at our Tech Fest. May I please have your permission to reproduce these images? There is no fee for attending.

    Ms. Celina N. Collins
    JUSD Instructional Coach at the Secondary Level


  5. Hi Sylvia. It’s Susan Marshall steele from NS. We met in Ottawa at the PM awards. I was at a GAFE for physical education seminar and your name came up as one of the top people in the world to follow. I thought that was awesome! And then last week I was looking for growth mindset stuff and found your illustration. You are everywhere! Anyway, I just wanted to say hi and congratulate you on all of your success. Keep up the great work.


    • Hi Susan, nice to hear from you! That’s funny that you saw one of my drawings: I’m certainly honoured that my name came up as being someone worth following. Just trying to do what I can to make this world a better place. I’m sure that you are influencing a lot of teachers, too!


  6. Hi Sylvia, I would like to get permission to use your “10 Reasons” image. Our school division is hosting a summit on March 24th & 25th and I would like to use it for our webpage and print some posters with it.


  7. I’m using your sketch notes (credited to you!!) on my school intranet. They are AWESOME tools for inspiring culture shift; We are also incorporating so many of the topics you’ve sketched about (growth mindset, innovation, student inquiry, computer science, making, etc.) seeing your comments above it looks like this is ok with you … THANK YOU!!!


  8. Hi Sylvia I help write blogs on a non profit blog. It’s about cards believe it or not. And about how dedication and other things like it are so important in learning how to be successful. So when I saw your Iceberg blog the other day it struck a real chord and I wrote a blog around it. If I keep your copyright credit and assure you that it is not for commercial purposes could I include a picture of it in my blog? Thanks a lot. I look forward to seeing more of your sketches.


  9. Hi Sylvia
    I love your work. I am wondering though if you can send me the original document for my March Newsletter. It is the “IDEAS for INQUIRY BASED LEARNING” sketchnote. We try to copy it from twitter and it doesn’t copy very well.
    Could you email it to me at cdefehr@sd73.bc.ca
    It is just so small the one from the internet, no one can read it when it is photocopied. We need it to be a bit larger.
    I would be so grateful.
    Carol DeFehr (Principal)


  10. Hi Sylvia. I love, love, love your blogs, sketchnotes, etc. I am the President of our Manitoba Association of Teachers of French. I wonder if you might consider coming to Manitoba to present at a conference? Our annual province-wide PD Day is Oct. 20, 2017. Would you consider presenting at this day for us? If so, what is your fee? Thnk you for your consideration.


  11. Hi there, thanks for the inspiration. I have an interview presentation on Monday with no ICT, so I thought I would create a sketch note about my vision. At the moment is is more of a mind map. Any hints on how to turn it into something even a fraction as stunning as your sketch notes?


  12. Hi Sylvia,
    May I please have permission to use a copy of your sketch about inquiry based learning?
    This is not for commercial purposes, but for my students’ mind shift.
    I show your copyright name.
    Thank you for your consideration.
    Hiro from Japan


  13. Hi Sylvia,
    is there any opportunity to purchase your wonderful and inspiring sketches in a poster format for my daughter’s classroom? (She is going to be a first year teacher in September)
    Eileen from NJ


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