Thanks Tom!


Tom Woodward, at Bionic Teaching, who was one of my peers giving feedback that led to Before and After…, really went the extra mile, in Picking up Gauntlets is Heavy Work, where he basically went through the whole slidedeck for a preso, and offered some alternatives.  VERY impressive. So here is one section with changes based on his input, with a few interpretations on my part:

I’ve gone the typography route here, and emphasizing the critical words. I also changed the wording. He had suggested the conjunction “and” putting both on the same footing, but I like the modifier “just” and conjunction “but”.

I liked the first cupcake Tom found better than the second, but I did the small pic a lower right was his suggested layout.

Really, this does look retched and only a truly gross personality would find this more appealing. I think I solved my lawn gnome affinity problem.


Okay, new day, new problem. I have to update the program for the Reclassification Ceremony we do for English language learners who are designated as fluent (big event at our school). I’m looking for a new image for the front cover. I’ll adjust the font, colors, and deco items to suit, just give me a tasteful images suitable for the emotion, and content of the event, suitable for an audience that will include many who do not read or speak English. Tom is officially exempt from this project as he has already done much heavy lifting.

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“Thanks Tom!”

  1. April 16th, 2009 at 6:31 pm      Reply Tom Says:

    I like the change in wording. Very nice. I may have to use that at some point (with your permission of course :).

    That is what I like about this stuff. It doesn’t just stop. Now I get to see what you did and reflect again on my own choices.

    Thank you.

  2. April 16th, 2009 at 7:54 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:

    STEAL IT TOM! You’ve given me plenty, lol!

  3. April 17th, 2009 at 5:35 pm      Reply Nancy Says:

    I like to use collages on program covers, website homepages, anthologies of student work, etc. They may be too busy for you but they are fun to do, especially with photos. Here is the opening page of our Guardians of Freedom website and a busier one here (use necc for username and student for password if needed).

    I used Paintshop Pro.

  4. April 18th, 2009 at 7:37 am      Reply alicemercer Says:

    Thanks Nancy, I did think of doing that or a “quilt” of images, maybe using textiles from the various cultures represented in the “promotion” class.

  5. April 18th, 2009 at 7:44 am      Reply Lesley Edwards Says:

    Maybe something like this

  6. April 18th, 2009 at 11:37 am      Reply Dan Meyer Says:

    Hi Alice,

    Can you explain why a photo of one of your students wouldn’t be the most appropriate image here?

    • April 18th, 2009 at 1:15 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:

      It could, that’s why I’m asking, but one student would single them out, that’s why I’m thinking maybe recreating the photo Lesley came up with photographing my kids holding hands.

      If you think face shots would be better, I’m game with that too. I could do individuals layering them ala Nancy’s suggestion.

      One kid can’t stand in for the whole group really easily.

  7. April 18th, 2009 at 3:13 pm      Reply Nancy Says:

    Alice, always have the issue of ‘photo release’ using face photos. How about, instead of the hands find 5 or six kids with colorful shoes and take picture of them doing a circle of feet–then no permissions needed! Here’s one and another

    • April 18th, 2009 at 3:48 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:

      Permissions are not the issue, this isn’t online, it’s paper, and handed out at the event. Also, I have online photo permissions for many of the kids. I’d just feel weird having only one child who is part of the ceremony pictured on the front, then the rest of the kids’ photos inside. It’s like I’m saying, hey this kid on the front is special. And how do I photo them that conveys the import or symbolism of the day.

  8. April 18th, 2009 at 3:47 pm      Reply Nancy Says:

    Yikes Alice–flickr has a ‘foot group’. Fetish?

  9. April 18th, 2009 at 3:50 pm      Reply Nancy Says:

    In our district we have to have photo release for any publication of a child’s ‘likeness’; web, newspaper, magazine, etc. Good luck on your quest. It was much easier before Dan got us to think of the ‘perfect image’.

  10. April 19th, 2009 at 6:54 am      Reply Dan Meyer Says:

    Just to clarify, I’m not endorsing a perfect stock image, something you have to spend hours searching the galleries to find. That will lead to something slick and polished, but something that deep down seems fake. Real will trump fake for audience engagement nine times out of ten. So scan in student work. Take a photo of the school. Take a photo of a class. Something real.

    • April 19th, 2009 at 2:06 pm      Reply alicemercer Says:


      I get your point, I agree. I’m going to take these ideas, and shoot some photos of my own, not look for something on flickr. I’ll probably try some of the ideas from Lesley and Nancy, but shoot my students doing it instead.

      My only concern in your first comment was the idea of a single kid being the subject. But, I’m even going to try something with a single student. I guess this is because the photo is not a documentary (otherwise it would have to be all the kids in the ceremony), BUT symbolic of the event, so this would be a consideration in how any head shot is done would be done.


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