Put Learning on Display With This Photo 365 Challenge

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Many photo geeks ring in the new year by tackling new Photo 365 challenges. Here’s a fun but very meaningful challenge to offer up to your students: invite them to complete a Photo 365 project of their own in order to make their learning and their thinking visible. There’s even an app for this.

Talk about gathering data that matter. Imagine the possibilities! Here are just a few. Students can:

  • use the photos to capture and reflect on their thinking, learning, and work
  • review their photos prior to conferring with you, to determine important talking points and set goals to personalize their learning
  • use their photos to enrich a debrief of learning, in order to enrich assessment
  • place their photos beside those taken by peers to notice what is common and what is different
  • use their photos to bring written reflections found in notebooks, blog posts, and on social media to life
  • shoot a series of photos over time, to study growth or change
  • use their photos to help others understand the processes behind the products they create

Will your students need a few catalysts to kick start their Photo 365 projects? Consider these.

A Handful of Photo 365 Catalysts
  • As you’re working today, shoot a picture of something you are proud of.
  • Gather some photographic evidence of a problem you are working to solve.
  • What’s frustrating you?
  • Take pictures of work you aspire to.
  • Who do you want to learn from next in our class? Take a selfie with this person.
  • What did you do today that mattered most?
  • What was the most important thing you learned today?
  • What contribution did you make to our today’s learning?
  • What are you tinkering with?
  • What would you change, given what you’ve learned?
  • What do you need?
  • Who can you help?
  • What is your expertise?
  • How were you courageous today?
  • What surprised you?

If you or your students take this Photo 365 challenge, stop back and let us know! I’d love to promote your work and talk with you about the discoveries your students are making along the way.

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A former English teacher, Angela Stockman is the founder of the WNY Young Writer's Studio, a community of writers and teachers of writing in Buffalo, New York. She is also an education consultant with expertise in curriculum design, instructional coaching, and assessment. Read more from Angela at Angelastockman.com.
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