I think the general consensus is that making a new resume is the worst. It's time consuming, formatting is difficult and after a recent, complete loss of everything on my computer, I literally had no choice but to create a brand new one from (gulp) scratch!
But then... there is the other side of me, who loves making things, especially in my beloved programs, Pages and Photoshop. All of a sudden, I was really up to the challenge of doing it, and doing it well!
While making it, I had one thought in mind, make a resume that people will pick up, and remember. I obviously want people to remember it because of the experience and skills that I possess (and all that other jazz), but even more so, I want someone to remember my resume after going through a pile of hundreds of others that will likely all look the same.
I spent a lot of time searching for resumes online that would inspire me. And mostly, they all looked the generic and the same as my previous resume. I did however stumble across a few. Check them out!
What I liked about both of those resumes, what that there was a focus on creativity, simplicity, design and most importantly, personality!
I LOVE making things in Pages, so this quickly became a very fun challenge for me, and I was inspired to use symbols from the website The Noun Project, to make a few things pop off the page.
I also decided that branding myself is something that I want to be consistent with, and so I borrowed some of the design elements that can be found on this very blog.
It took me 9 attempts to nail down the final version, but in the end I was completely happy with my new product!
For the past several years, I've been doing my best to have "genius hour" be a part of my class schedule. And honestly I always dreaded that time of the week. The first year I did it, I ended up with class posters about bunnies and Canada and tanks, but for me, it always kind of felt like I was allowing my kids to just waste their time by googling things for weeks and then sharing their learning by making a poster or a digital presentation. Sure my students had fun, but honestly, it did not really feel like kids were learning and I don't think the outcomes was ever anything other than superficial interest.
After taking a couple of years off, because honestly, I just kind of felt like I could not fit it into my schedule, I have decided to give it another go. But this time, I decided that I wanted the outcome to be greater, and that I wanted my students to get more out of genius hour than "googling" skills. I want them to take action and be proud of the new knowledge or skills they will hopefully acquire!
My general plan went something like this:
The results were almost too good! Here are a few of their genius hour topics:
Next week, I'm hoping to explore ways to share our learning and to take action. I'm really hoping to move beyond the poster making/PPT presentation, and to have kids reaching out to experts, taking advantage of our school MakerSpace and also really thinking of purposeful and meaningful ways to share not only their learning, but also their process (including their struggles and their successes).