As I've shown you here before, as part of my other job of working in a school, I often get asked to produce class reference sheets. Now, I'm not sure about you but a lot of the work sheets that flopped onto my desk at school failed to inspire me, with their word document, clip-art thrown together nature.
Bad design can make dull even the most
exciting topic so I decided to have a bash at getting them to actually
read and take in the information the teachers are trying to express.
first one is a help guide on making a inspirational sketchbook, to try
and get students to open up and try new ways of conveying their
Next up was explaining to the students how to help their ideas flow from and original stand point...Mindmaps!
it took me a good full hour researching to realise that mind maps is
the new (overtly PC if you ask me) way of saying 'Brain storms' and to
help the students see how ideas can generate other ideas I did a mind
map on the subject of 'Holidays'
On the back of the worksheet I gave them a 'blank brain' to help them start there very own mind map!
final help sheet I have made recently is one that I was extra
enthusiastic to make (for my own evangelical reasons)...A Guide To
students learn how to screen print using the stencil method (where you
cut the image you want out of a piece of card and stick it to the screen
for a temporary method of printing your image) so the inside of the
guide is a step-by-step photographic reference for all you need to know.
do you think? Shouldn't school work sheets be a bit more exciting?
Perhaps I should right to the people who make the textbooks?! We could
start a 'Good design starts in school' revolution!