Here is a class syllabus that I created using Venngage. I've created it based on an ideal vision of next year's 5th grade curriculum. I will need to modify this based on meetings with my teammates, but the infographic builder Venngage provides will make it easy to do so.
I've gone with a design that is mostly visual in order to communicate most effectively across the language barrier that exists between me and some of my students' parents. Most of them are primarily concerned with assessment ratios and curriculum, and I feel that this design clearly expresses the fundamentals of my class in an easy-to-understand way.
I'm hoping to begin having my students blog instead of writing weekly journals on paper next year, and will be doing a test run in the coming semester. Our passion projects are coming along reasonably well this year, so I"m sure I'll include them in our plan next year as well. I also intend to test run a makerspace in my class this year stocked by donations of recyclables and materials from my students' parents.
My decision to have strict copyright guidelines of creative commons or public domain only is something I really want to enforce in my class next year. Since we will be blogging for a wider audience and I want to share my students' work with the world, I feel it is important that we follow best practices and set an example for others. I'll make sure to teach lessons on digital citizenship and copyright before we get online, and will work together with my students to help them to do so.
Making this syllabus has me really excited for what's in store next year! I can't wait to put some of my new ideas into practice in my classroom!
Matthew Boomhower is a mid-career educator with 18 years of classroom teaching and educational leadership experience. He is Head of Innovation & Learning at an international school in Malaysia and is a proud husband and father.