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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)
Opening a Door
The questions that I explored  this year have been a part of conversations that I have had with teachers over the past few years. When discussing topics with Elena I explored several different possibilities,  but when I mentioned that I had been thin (More)
We Are All Wonders
After reading the books, Wonder and 365 Days of Wonder: Mr. Browne's Precepts by R.J. Palacio, we were inspired to make "Wonder Precept Portraits." Students drew themselves in the style of the Wonder book cover and then chose and in some cases made u (More)
Introducing Some of Our Current Favorite Book Characters
Ziva My name is Stacey.  I just moved from NYC to the country.  I’m at a new school and I made a group 0f friends.  We’re in a babysitters club.  What we (More)
Aaaaand... We're Back!
Well, no sooner had it started, did it feel like it was over! Winter break has come and gone... some being 'blessed' with a slightly longer break than expected due to the bombogenesis gracing NYC with it's presence and causing some chaos with flight (More)
Book Week: A Visit with Author, Michael Northrop
Dear Michael, Thank you for inspiring me to write a story of my own. Book Week is one of our favorite times of the year, authors visit classes an (More)
Winter Break Is Almost Here!
We've almost made it to winter break! The students have done really well staying as focused as they can during the lead up to the holiday season. Lowji Discovers America We have finished reading Lowji Discovers America by Candace Fleming and th (More)
A Busy Week Leading Into Thanksgiving! (loads of photos in this post!)
It's been a busy few days in DM4! Where to begin?! I'll bullet point a few highlights and expand on them below. Imaginative Inquiry: 'High Tea' and 'The Old Country' Field Trip: Wonder Bread Baking W.O.T.D. High Tea Teddy and Ed (More)
Special Guest, Special Events and Stay Warm Out There!
Thank you all for making the time to meet with us for Fall Conferences. It was great to see you and chat about the progress being made in DM4. Over the last week or so, we've had some really awesome class experiences worthy of mentioning: Our Soci (More)
DM4 Farmers Outstanding In Their Field
... and the corny farm puns keep coming! So don't be a cow-herd and moove yourself to the Farm Breakfast next Monday, 30th October. As with all big changes in life, settling back into school routine after the farm trip has been a learning curve fo (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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