The Power of a Small Idea

I was checking Twitter one day, when this tweet by Anna Davies jumped out at me, with its striking red and black colour scheme and professional-looking images.

It turns out that Anna had been inspired by my Dover colleague, Nicki Hambleton, who created posters with her Middle School students, based on the work of Designer, Graphic Artist and Photographer, Barbara Kruger.

When I see an amazing idea, like the images in Anna’s tweet, I always want to try it out. As I don’t have a class of my own, I have to pitch the idea to my colleagues and hope that it sparks an interest.

As it happened, our school was just embarking on a PSE unit around the Power of Words. Tech Mentor Mike Bowden jumped on board and took the idea to his Grade 3 team.

Students prepared for the poster by finding a quote that resonated with them about the Power of Words. They took a photo of themselves on a plain background, ensuring to leave enough space to fit the quote.

In Keynote, students added the image, then reduced the saturation to turn it black and white. They used the limited colour palette of red, black and white for the text, experimenting with placement and rotation as needed.

This was a very rich learning task for our students. There were a lot of technical and design skills that we were able to build into an authentic context that met our curricula outcomes.

Naturally, we shared examples of our finished posters on Twitter – these examples were from Mandy Whitehouse‘s class.

What happened next is what I LOVE about social media. Jose O’Donovan saw our examples on Twitter and got his students to make their own – this time, posters about Kindness.

So in case you are the sort of person who worries about sharing the learning in your classroom, take the plunge! You never know the power of your small idea and the impact it may have on others. 

5 thoughts on “The Power of a Small Idea

  1. Beautiful post! It’s all so true; if Nicki hadn’t have shared her idea I wouldn’t have shared mine and so on. I love that it all circled around with some incredible student thinking at the core. For sure, the images look pretty snazzy, but the student decision making that’s happened behind the scene was the best part! What a fun twitter bounce around this was 😉

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  2. HI Keri-Lee
    I love the idea of PD being a bit like ‘driftwooding.’ When you go for a walk along the beach, you don’t take everything. Just small shells or pieces of wood which you then turn into your own form of classroom room art.

    Stephanie

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    • That is the perfect analogy! Picking something up and making it your own. Thanks for taking the time to give me that pearl of wisdom!

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