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In the Pit: On Writing and Revision
The goal of my self study is to refocus my creative practice by completing work on two screenplay rewrites and to start production on a personal documentary film. While the rewrites have been going well, I won’t be able to do any work on the document (More)
Self Portraits of an English Teacher
I’m thinking a lot these days about a recurring project my son did in kindergarten. Every month, they drew a new self-portrait. With a small hand mirror and colored pencils in front of him, my son paused, observed, and drew what he saw. The drawings (More)
What's affecting how children learn?
Three years ago my first graders failed to make it through the entire sequence of first grade skills by June.  At the time, I assumed that it was a one off--a particular group of children who needed more time than the school year offered us. The foll (More)
Driving with Headlights
The writer E. L Doctorow famously said, “Writing a novel is like driving a car at night. You can see only as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.”   As a writer who studied under E.L Doctorow in graduate school, those wor (More)
Allow for the Transformation
When I went into this self study, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do: I would carve out time for myself to write more during the year, attend to and nurture the writer in me that seemed on a distant but parallel path to my teacher-self.  Ru (More)
Staying Relevant
As a teacher with almost 30 years on the job, I worry that I will “fall behind”. I am concerned that my habits, practices, and perspectives are no longer relevant/effective. Students are now swimming in a different sea. Understandings of race, gender (More)
The Problems of Unexamined Normative Assumptions
Essential Questions: How do we teach students to see historical events through multiple perspectives? How does changing the “voice” of the class materials challenge stereotypes about non-Western civilizations and cultures? How do we teach (More)
HONY writing piece
  I think revision isn't editing but changing words and the part where the whole process of the story comes to life. My goal for my writing piece was to finish this and have it make sense but it really makes no sense.     I (More)
Global Shift
The news ruined my curriculum planning. My plan was to continue our medieval Humanities studies by learning more about Feudalism and Christianity in Europe (More)
WWI - WWII 8th Grade Studies
For our third trimester in 8th grade, we are studying WWI and WWII after learning about President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. We're going into the studies of Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Treaty of Versailles. To get deeper into the topic, we're read (More)
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One Response to “Getting Started!”

  1. Mark Silberberg Says:

    On the main timeline page can we swap the text with the highlights link? This would make the link to the highlights more obvious and the text really contextualizes the sublinks. Keep the highlights red. Maybe the text against a gray.

    Possible for there to be some kind of video running in the background of the main page instead of an image?

  2. Chap Says:

    I like the themes that will come to the community throughout the year – keeping some content away so folks don’t get overwhelmed but also enticing folks to be ready for what’s to come.

    In that same way, the fact that each of the items on a timeline will have enough details that yo can read off of the text of that timeline or click to read or see more.

  3. Kobi Says:

    Header: Has there already been consideration for the call out in the header? Perhaps “LREI 100” or “100 years of LREI” instead of We Are LREI?

    Return to Timeline instead of Back to List

    Half tone images along the background of the timeline should be consistent and not fade to solid grey color.

    Are “Highlights” select pieces of content that introduce each decade? Or is it an aggregate of all content? I think the tags that filter in content in different ways is ideal so a way to punctuate it would be make the highlights be the former to encourage searching and poking around.

    Icons along the center line should change to reflect the respective tag filters: 4C’s Icons, Number’s for, Chronology, Select Themes for each of the chosen themes.
    You may want to implement background images shown to reflects the tag filters as well.

  4. Kobi Says:

    Portal page
    Fonts perhaps should match the headers – perhaps sans serif, not serif?
    Call to action: More iconography (less text)introducing icon treatments for comments made above.These can be clean lined icons or perhaps icons that feel handwritten?
    i.e. Next to “Explore the Centennial Timeline” in the red box it should be an icon that calls viewers to click. Ideas: “Click” “Play” “Explore”
    Since the site is dynamic, maybe the icon calling viewers to click it, pulses?

    The main page favors the portal page so much it almost feels like nothing happened when you go from one page to the next. It’s also copy heavy. Can we streamline with icons with fewer words?

  5. Kobi Says:

    HEADER: As users hover over the tabs can we highlight with contrasting color?

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