My (same) infographic syllabus

I wrote recently that I planned on using the same syllabus for students as I did for last year, and that would be enough. (Raise your hand if you also sang that in your best Eliza Schuyler voice!)

So, some of the things that were “enough:”

  • My absent work policies
  • How to meet with me (even though the times changed)
  • My grading scale (ours is determined on a school/district level)
  • My materials – all of these worked for me last year, though I used funding to get coloring supplies for each class, so I nixed that.
  • Rules and consequences
  • The general framework of grading/redos/incompletes
  • Almost the entire second page (though I did delete a few topics we might not get to)

Things that needed changed:

  • Updated room numbers, times that I’m free, and rewording of some general information
  • The addition of the policy on translators – though not stated in the syllabus is that the first time (or, okay, two) it happens, they will be expected to redo.
  • A general “redo” catch-all if the assignment is not up to the standards I expect.
  • A window for assessment make-ups – anyone else have kids wait like a month to make up a missed assessment and wonder why their grade is so low?
  • My sliding grading scale – this was a MUST for this year and I love the way it turned out.
  • I ditched the parent/student signature portion – having kids turn in tiny slips of paper is what my nightmares are made of, and I never needed to reference them last year.

Where did I reinvent?

  • If you can call it that, I needed to make a version for my AP students. This included most of the same information on the first page, but the Intermediate 4 information on the back, as well as the AP themes and a grading scale that isn’t my favorite, but will work for this class (I wish I could have done it without numbers, but we don’t do +/- at my school.)

You can compare to last year’s syllabus here, but here are the new versions:

French 1:

 

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AP:

 

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How are you making last year’s syllabus “enough?” I would love to see them! Feel free to link in the comments or share with me on twitter!

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My new infographic syllabus!

If you’ve been following along with me on twitter, you might know that I was lamenting over not having a classroom to decorate this year. And, I mean, my last classroom was pretty adorable, if I may say so myself. I LOVE the color teal (or aqua, or turquoise) and I love patterns, so I went with that theme for my room at my first school.

So, this year, with no room to decorate (okay, one of my rooms has some decoration, but it’s still up from last year!) I had to go all out on my syllabus. If you saw my sneak peek  on twitter, you’ll know that my syllabus also embraces teal and pattern. I like it much better than my school-color themed choice from last year. (PS, both years I used Piktochart‘s free version to create them – for me, Piktochart is easy to use, easy to get used to, fun to use, and their staff has been wonderful to work with!)

Last year, I had a few syllabus issues:

I realized, too late, that even with my ThingLink tags, my syllabus did not give all the information that I wanted it to. I had to make a second, text-based page with additional info. Not my favorite course of action, as I worked so hard to make the visuals great.

The second issue was for parents. While I made the parents sign the bottom of the syllabus, they never saw the additional links that I added! I want to be as transparent with students and parents as possible, so I knew I needed to fix that. I didn’t want to rely on students to share that additional information (including necessary materials, what the heck proficiency is, and ways to follow me on social media.)

This year, I decide to make the graphics work better for me, to break up the text into sections, and instead of just being there to, well, be an “infographic.” I really love the result! I sacrificed some visual simplicity for it to be exactly what I needed, but I might also have reduced the need for extra links!

Okay, okay, enough typing and onto what you came for!

Here is page 1 of my syllabus:
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and here is page 2:

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I’d love to hear your thoughts! Feel free to share them with me in the comments or on twitter.

PS: I’ve been asked by a lot of people if they can have an editable version of this sucker. Man, oh man, do I wish it was editable. I’m currently trying to decide if it’s feasible to make an editable version; stayed tuned!

My infographic syllabus!

I know that it’s the beginning of the summer (though July is right around the corner!) and that I should be “relaxing,” but with my new school, moving later this summer, and iFLT in mid-July, I’ve got to get some of the ground work for my classes laid now!

That being said, I jumped on the bandwagon and made an infographic syllabus! Technically, I made an infographic syllabus last year, but I included waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much text on it to have its full appeal. I basically took paragraphs and put them on a colorful background. This is only half of it – it wouldn’t fit on one sheet of paper on its own! It was an okay first attempt:

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Just look at all that text!

Anyway, this year I got a lot of my inspiration from Laura’s interactive infographic syllabus. I’m excited about this because this year, my students will actually be able to interact with the syllabus, as each student will have their own device for use in class.

I made my syllabus with piktochart, a service that lets you create your own infographics, and has a few free templates for you if you’re not an amazing designer. I use the free service, because that works for me, but I do like the look and features of their paid services as well. I will eventually be going the same route as Laura and using ThingLink to make my syllabus interactive, but there’s a few things I’m hoping to solidify before I go through the work to make my first draft interactive, like “will I have a classroom next year?”

I’m excited to share my syllabus with you, and look out a little later in the summer for my interactive version, which I can’t wait to (make and) share with you as well.

This year, I used the same template as last year, updated the colors from my favorites to my new school’s colors, and ditched a lot of the text. Eventually, when I make it interactive, I will have links to the ACTFL proficiency levels, my twitter and instagram teacher accounts, a description for my class materials, and a link to take students to a rubric for the standards-based grading that I will do. There will probably be a few other links than that, but those are the keys I would like to include.

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You should be able to click the image to get a bigger picture. You can also view my syllabus here

What do you think? What is difficult for you to see or understand? Is there something that you think that I should add? I’d love to hear your thoughts!