This Week’s Theme- New Directions

One of the really cool things about our profession is that we have the opportunity to follow new paths, explore new strategies and tools, reassess our work, and try new things as we go along. In some cases, we wear new professional hats. In others, we teach new classes or grade-levels. Sometimes our new directions may be related to achieving goals we’ve set for ourselves. Other times our new directions may be a lucky happenstance when our curiosity took us somewhere we never imagined before. Whatever the form, we all have the opportunity to move in new directions, and when we do, we grow as learners, and we add interesting twists to our #EVSCstory.

This week, we’d love to learn about the new directions you have found this school year. In what ways are you following new paths in your classrooms and schools? What makes this year different from the ones that preceded it? What is new about your professional landscape that helps you see our work in new ways? What new directions are your students discovering this year? Share your photos to help us add to the #EVSCstory.

NOTE: You absolutely DO NOT have to match the theme to share a picture with us. Feel free to share any photo that helps us tell the #EVSCstory at ANY time.

NewDirectionsThis photo was shot this Summer in Newburgh, Indiana. It was edited in BeFunky, an awesome web tool for enhancing photos. If you would like to learn more about photo editing, contact the ICATS.

How to Share Your Photos

There are four ways that you can share the photos that you take with us:

  1. You can share via Instagram- Simply post your Instagram photos using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Feel free to add other hashtags as well to indicate the theme (e.g. #NewDirection), or add more information to the caption to help tell the story.
  2. You can share via Twitter- Post your photos to Twitter using the hashtag #EVSCstory. Again, we invite you to add other hashtags, including some of our EVSC hashtags like #evscchat. You can also include our Twitter handle (@evscicats) to ensure we see your pictures as soon as you post.
  3. You can share via Facebook- Visit our ICATS Facebook page, click the Message button in the upper-right corner, and in the text of the message give us your name, school, and the theme for the week. Be sure to attach the photo by clicking the Add Files button. While you are there, we’d love it if you liked our page :) OR, simply share your image on your own Facebook feed, and include the #EVSCstory hashtag.
  4. You can share via email- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through email. Just attach your photos to an email and send them to [email protected].

How to Check Out the Photos

After each week’s challenge, we will post a link to the archive of the week’s photos here. Follow the link, and enjoy the story that unfolds!

Final Thoughts

Each week of this challenge offers us a chance to take our #EVSCstory in a new direction. We have been so pleased to see the many photos that folks have shared (more than 200 so far). Please feel free to add to the photos at any time, even if the photos you take aren’t aligned to the week’s theme. Also, please tell your friends and colleagues about this project. The more who participate, the richer our story becomes.

 

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