When watching this video, titled The Value of Data Visualization, it was this final statement that stood out to me: “Your message is only as good as your ability to share it.”

Throughout all aspects of my life, it has always been important for me that things look nice. From graphic organizers for students to my own wedding invitations, I am a very meticulous creator. 

For the past four years, I have been teaching in a way that is unique to most. I have often struggled to succinctly explain what it is I do exactly. I have found this especially difficult in conversations with friends and family back home who lack context around how education is evolving.

“You work with 88 students in one room? Sounds like a free for all…” 

“You work with 4 other teachers all the time? How does that even work?”

So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to create an infographic to help me with those conversations in the future. I believe this tool could be beneficial not only for myself, but for others as well. My colleagues, the school’s leadership team, admissions team, and marketing team could all use this tool when sharing our collaborative model with others. 

Grade 5 at ISD – Collaborative Teaching Model, by Caitlin Howald

In my creation of this visual, there were two main things I was working to do:

  1. Convey my message through visuals (and less words).
  2. Stay “on brand”.

Conveying my message 

A picture is worth a thousand words. I understand the sentiment, but I have always been of the opinion that I’d rather have the words their to make sure everyone really understands. So this is my struggle. This will likely always be my struggle. In this infographic, I tried really hard to keep my writing to a minimum, but I am sure there are still some things that could be removed. 

In the past few years, I have worked to introduce infographics to students as an authentic means of sharing their learning. Canva is a great tool for students to use, but I have found that they too struggle with using more visuals and less text to share all of the information that they have learned. I have found this brief article helpful when introducing students to infographics. (They always comment on the infographic created to help others create infographics…“that’s so “meta”…”)

5 Tips for Creating Infographics, dcmarketing

Stay on Brand

Our school has recently redesigned our branding. At the beginning of this year, our marketing team sent out the design guidelines that should be used when creating materials that represent our school. This included information about how to correctly use the logo, the fonts and colours that should be used, and more. 

When creating this infographic, I wanted to abide by these guidelines to the best of my ability. Unfortunately, the fonts were not available to my on Canva, but I was able to use the correct colour hex codes.   

I definitely see the value of using infographic as a tool to convey a message. So, I’m hoping that I’ll be able to put this infographic to use in some way, sometime soon…

…Even if it is just to better explain to friends and family what I do!