This Week’s Theme- Love

With Valentine’s Day just ahead, our thoughts have turned to how love intersects with our profession. There is no doubt that in many ways teaching is an act of love. Every year we have the opportunity to build new relationships that depend on trust, compassion, selflessness, and kindness. Even the relationships that we create with our colleagues take on the quality of a family. Beyond that, it’s hardly a stretch to say that we each find things we love about our profession itself. Whether it’s the sound of laughter on the playground, the act of opening a brand new box of crayons, or the satisfaction of the unexpected thank you from a student you taught years ago, we all experience reminders that we love our jobs.

So that’s what we are looking for this week. Send us photos of the things you love about teaching. Let’s tell the very best part of our #EVSCstory this week, and in the process spread a little love.

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.

Week 25 Photo Challenge

The creation of this photo was an act of love in itself. The initial photo was taken in our office. Next, I used Photoshop to clean up the image and crop it. I then brought the image into BeFunky to brighten it and remove a glare from the original photo. After that, I brought it into Pixlr to further clean-up the whiteboard background and to add the block text. Then, I brought the image into Fotor to add the frame. After that, I found a Creative Commons licensed image of the marker. I brought that image into Photoshop to remove the background, leaving only the marker. Finally, I brought both images (whiteboard and marker) into Canva and combined them for the final effect. If you would like to learn more about any of these tools, shoot me an email.

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. #Love), 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 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

We LOVE telling our story with you!  To date we have collected more than 800 fantastic photos, and we can’t wait to add this week’s batch to the mix! We would appreciate your help in growing this project. Please consider sharing the project with your colleagues. Also, we hope you will feel free to continue to tell your part of the #EVSCstory at any time, simply by sharing the great photos that you take as you go about your day.

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