Monday, 5 October 2015

October Wallpaper and Positive Posters

We’ve hit October. Once again, I can go to work when the sun’s up and leave work with the sun up. Going to and from work in the dark always makes things seem so much harder especially in Term 3.

October Wallpaper

I purchased a range of resources from Creative Market and Design Cuts and was having a play around in Photoshop to create some positive posters for my office and to share with my staff. I’ve incorporated one into this month’s wallpaper so that I can continue to be inspired and reminded everyday.

Positive Poster 1

Positive Poster 2

Positive Poster 3

Positive Poster 4
All images can be downloaded from my Flickr site by clicking on the links above.
This month’s wallpaper and posters have been created using the font Manhattan Darling. The images of the animals are part of Lisa Glanz’s Magical Watercolour Animals and Flowers Volume 1 and Magical Watercolour Animals and Flowers Volume 2 and the watercolour texture is part of Nicky Laatz’s Give Me Some Watercolour Textures Quick. All resources have been purchased with a commercial licence.

Drafting

I seem to keep having the same conversation with my students about drafting. Writing something and handing things in at the last minute doesn’t mean that they are handing in a draft.

A draft needs to be something that is carefully crafted and designed. It needs to be almost as good as a final copy and be created so that the teacher can provide feedback to help students to improve.

The message we need to get out is that a draft isn’t the first attempt at something; it needs to be editing, rewritten and edited again. The draft needs to be the fourth or fifth attempt at something. Students who want to do well are students who rework their drafts until they can’t do anything else to improve them. Then they hand them in to the teacher.

So this term, whenever I’m speaking with my students about their drafts I’m going to be using this image - on slides, as posters and on task sheets.

This Drafting Poster was created in Stamping Up’s My Digital Studios and a copy can be accessed through my Flickr account by clicking on the link above.