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.