Helping Students Be WHOLE 

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So, as a few of you know, my wife teaches English in the evening program at Cesar Chavez High School.  She sent me an email today asking if I could help produce a poster version of the Chavez motto for her classroom, which includes the acronym WHOLE,  which stands for making students Well, Happy, Organized, Learned, and Excellent. 

I relish a straightforward graphic arts task like this and I love being able to help so after work,  well, I went to work. 

My workflow:

  • I searched the internet for “PSD poster template.” PSD is the file extension associated with Photoshop. 
  • I downloaded three possible Photoshop templates and opened them. 
  • I liked one that showed a speech bubble, however the resolution was not high enough after I had enlarged the design and added my text.
  • I blurred the background with the quote achieving two goals: to help the text “pop” from the background and to smooth the pixelated edges that appeared distracting when I enlarged the design. 
  •  A benefit of #showyourwork? I posted the design on INSTAGRAM and a Cesar Chavez High School alumnus liked the picture.  I remembered that he told me that he was going to school for graphic design and messaged him to see if he would collaborate on another poster design for the WHOLE acronym. 

I hope he takes me up on it.  How cool would that be?  That’s the type of teaching and learning interaction I value. 

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Coordinating 21st Century Learning in Santa Ana & beyond. I practice art through photography. I raise funds for clean water with Team World Vision.
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