It came at perfect timing, since I’ve been thinking about unplugging, trying to use time more wisely and really focus on what’s important. I shared it out to twitter, where most of my followers are educators, since I felt this could really apply to everyone.
As I thought about my post for Valentine’s Day, I wanted it to be about kindness, I started thinking about teaching students kindness, educators being supportive of one another, but nothing seemed to really flow. Then I thought back to the post from Creative with Kids, about being kind to ourselves.
I think most people can agree that images can be inspiring, and I feel like the image in the Mantra Post really adds to it. I began thinking about easy ways to create your own and immediately Google Draw came to mind. There are many photo editing tools out there, but I thought this would be a nice fit for teachers and students already using Google Drive.
Below you will find a brief tutorial for creating an inspirational image in Google Draw. First here are some ideas for this type of project in your classroom:
Ideas for classroom use:
- Create an inspirational bulletin board in the hallway or classroom.
- Have students put it in their writers notebooks.
- Put the image in a Google Doc, have students explain their thinking and reason for choosing the image and quote.
- Create your own for your grade or plan book.
- Create a full class one, vote on a quote that represents your class, include the image on your webpage, blog or wiki.
- Use it as a writing prompt.
- Have students create one from a famous person’s point of view.
- Using the collaborative features students can co-create images and use the commenting feature to explain their work.