Oh the things I want to do for my capstone project video!!! I really wish I had good B roll from my classroom. Sadly, I do not, as I teach virtually and do not record my students. So that's one thing with which I am struggling. However, I think I can solve that with B roll from the program I use for making videos.
After watching the film noir style video, it inspired me to be me. It's totally something I would've done. However, I'm not sure I could have pulled it off as successfully with a serious side. I'm thinking of making my video be more of a "training video" from the 80's to early 90's. I had to watch many training videos when I worked 6.5 years in a big box office supply retail store in the late 90's to mid 2000's. And my research was on professional development. I'm a huge fan of the sci-fi tv show Lost. In the show, there are training videos from the 70's to train the characters to use substations from the Dharma Initiative. This is is my inspiration. So I drew up what the station's logo will be. Here it is!
My audience will be fellow educators who are coaches. The "training" will be information on why coaching is important and how it should be done during their educators' school day to make it most effective. Some important facts I will include are that professional development needs to be engaging, timely, current, and done within the school day.
PD, or Professional Development, can cause educators to loudly sigh, roll their eyes, or even fall asleep. But does it have to be this way? Do educators have to feel that "PD" is synonymous with "wasting time"? Or is PD even neccessary?!
Maybe what PD presenters should be asking themselves are, "Is the PD I'm attending effective? Is the PD helping student achievment? Does this PD work within the educators' daily schedule? How often will the PD be revisited?"
As a magnet coach, I don't want the eductors I'm leading during a PD to roll their eyes, sigh, or fall asleep. I want the session to be relevant, respectful of the educators' time, and inspiring. I want my sessions to be experienced by the educator in a way that also demonstrates how students learn. I know I shut down during a PD where someone talks at me. And I want time to explore the new ideas, ask questions, and have meaningful discussions with my peers during the PD. I want people to be excited about the information I'm going to share with them. So it made sense that my research should be based on professional development and how it affects student agency.
What I didn't expect during my research, was how the pandemic would greatly affect professional development. I teach virtually from home. So I really had to up my Zoom game and make sure that what I presented had all the elements I mentioned before. I also learned that no matter how much I make my PD's accessible to all educators, there are still factors I may not have accounted for. Like...an educator's willingness to adopt a new way of teaching.
I'm not sure I will continue the research specifically. If I do, I would definately do things differently. I woud like to try doing the research when the pandemic is no longer an issue. I want to see if there is a correlation between our school's first trimester teaching in a pandemic, my first time being a magnet coach, the educators being in a less stressful teaching environment, and compare the data.
In using Logomaker.com to create a new and exciting logo, I was thinking, How can coaching (that is not sports related) be designed in an engaging logo? And this logo also needs to convey that I was coaching during a world-wide pandemic."
The first idea, to the left, has the original "tagline" I was hoping to use. I was thinking about adding some art element to my design because one thing I do, is coach teachers on how to integrate art into their lesson plans. But as I scanned through more promising logos, I saw more potential outside of having the word "paint" in the tagline. Here is the visual progression I came through (located convienently in the slideshow below):
I realized that mixing the colors and playing with fonts really changed how I saw the image. Throught trial and error, I wanted something that was simple and used white space. I wanted to use a large, thick font. When I looked at the logos from previous cohorts, the images that caught my eye the most, were those with one or two colors, large, and used white space.
I started taking the tagline off of the images as I perused, and it really helped. I was able to focus on the logo. Once I had the one I liked, I screehshot it and uploaded it to my iPad. From there, I used the app Procreate. I traced the image and then added my own border around the entire image. I thought of a new tagline and then, played with the colors, settling on two that I liked.
Why didn't I just use the logo I created on the Logomaker website, you ask? I wasn't willing to pay $40+ for an image I could easily draw myself. Despite labeling some of their designs as "free", they are honestly only free to create. But it costs money to use them.
I watched the Superbowl. It was disappointing.
I checked out capstone projects. That was also a little disappointing.
I guess I was expecting to see something that really seemed to stand out. But many that I clicked on were unfinished, lackluster, and quite frankly, boring.
One that I like is "Yet!". It really grabbed my attention and yanked it right out of my eye sockets. The logo reminds me of a tv show I like--Superstore. The logo is very Cloud 9-esque. It's a friendly, bright, and happy logo, which goes well with its message, "You can do this!"
I could relate to the learning happening in the capstone as I, too, work in a Title I school. Many of my students do not feel confident in their abilities, which can wreak havoc on their SEL. Reminding them that we are all doing this together and that we wil make progess is so important. I really liked that the teacher decided to focus on growth instead of mastery.
The audience this capstone was speaking to is other teachers who want to begin using the power of yet in their own classrooms. The author has lesson plans at the ready and gives encouraging advice. However, the typographical errors were many. So many, in fact, that I would find myself feeling frustrated that this person went through so much trouble creating this amazing piece of work, only to have so many typos downplay the seriousness of their research.
For my own capstone, I think my audience will either be for instructional coaches or administration who have instructional coaches. As this is my first time (and probably only time due to budget cuts) being an instructional coach, I have found the learning curve steeper than I had anticipated. It could have been the online learning taking me out of the classroom and away from my coworkers, or the lack of training that makes me feel this way. Honestly, it's probably a bit of both. But I want admin and other coaches to know that there are a lot of hidden factors to consider when doing this job. And I would want future administrators to be able to help train or find trainings for people in my position.
Sarah Magallano teaches 5th grade. She also coaches teachers on integrating art & engineering into their lesson plans.