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Thursday, December 3, 2020
Weekly Photo Challenge

ICATS Weekly Photo Challenge- Week 13- Citizenship

This Week’s Theme- Citizenship

The week of November 3-7 includes Election Day, which got us thinking about all of the ways in which we help students develop their own citizenship everyday. Any educator will tell you that beyond the standards and curriculum, one goal of our profession is to help kids develop the habits of mind and skill sets that will enable them to be good citizens beyond our walls. We are constantly teaching lessons about kindness, responsibility, service, decency, and justice. We celebrate students when they make great choices or go beyond to help others. We also coach them when they make poor choices or fall short of their potential as citizens. We model what it means to be a responsible and active member of a group. And we take the time to help kids develop values that will serve them in the future.

This week we are looking for photos that demonstrate the types of social learning that we embed into our curriculum. From the positive expectations that are posted throughout our schools to the lessons that encourage citizenship to the extracurricular activities that allow students to demonstrate their citizenship, we know there are tons of great examples of this type of learning everyday. Even a photo of one of those informal moments when a student’s character shines through will help us tell this part of the #EVSCstory!


Brother and sister at Fourth of July parade

photo credit: Patricia Mellin via photopin cc

This photo was found at Photopin.com, a search engine for locating images that are licensed under Creative Commons. It is an important digital citizenship practice to only use images that you own or that are licensed for reuse by the owner (and to comply with the license guidelines). The original image above is legal to use and to modify provided we give proper attribution, and provided our altered image is similarly licensed. We have altered the image in Photoshop by cropping it, and by adding the ICATS logo and Challenge text.

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. #Citizenship), 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 :)
  4. You can share via Google Drive- If social media isn’t your thing, feel free to share your photos directly with us through Google Drive. Use this link to access our shared folder. You will need to then click the blue Open in Drive button. Then drag your photo into the window, or click the red upload arrow in the upper-left to search for your photo and click Open. It would help us if you would name your photo with the week’s theme and your name and school.

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

Thanks to everyone who has been helping to tell the #EVSCstory!  To date we have collected more than 525 fantastic photos, and we can’t wait to add this week’s batch to the mix! We would love to have your help in growing this project. Please consider sharing the project with your colleagues, and keep the photos coming!

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