An Inside Look: The Broad


I live 45 minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles and love going there to take pictures whenever I am not teaching. 

I always stop at the Walt Disney Concert Hall snap a few photos of that incredible building. 

Next door is The Broad Museum and it is equally stunning. I have tried taking photos of this building in the past, but they always turned out just like every other photo of the building on Instagram. 

Wanting to take a different type of photo of The Broad, I looked up and took a few photos. 
The original photo was in color and taken with my iPhone 6. 

I used SKRWT to fine tune the top of the building, making it straight. 

Then I used the wonderful black and white app Noir to convert it to black and white. 

Finally I put it into Snapseed to adjust the contrast which made the black get darker. To further highlight the darkness, I added some vignetting.

Middle School Randomness

This is an old post. I am slowly rebuilding my blog from when I forgot to update my blog hosting and lost everything I had written. Thankfully I had it all backed up! This post is from April 2011! Wow! That was a long time ago!

One of the things I appreciate the most about middle school students is their randomness. With that in mind, here is a random story from this week in my classroom.

Each week I have my students complete their Writing Explorations on various topics (e.g. family, entertainment, joy and sadness). Every third or fourth week I give them Free Choice.

Every Monday I have mini conferences with the students and we talk about their Writing Explorations. The discussions are insightful and fun: I actually look forward to Mondays!

Two students in my fourth period class told me they “just wrote random stuff.”  I asked them individually, “What is the most random thing you wrote.”

Puzzled look with the sound of an empty roller coaster.

Repeat question.

Puzzled look morphs into an excited look as they skim through their writing and proudly show off their randomness.

I then had them write the randomness down because it was too funny, and err, random!

By the end of the class period, both students came up and asked if they could have a “Randomness Competition.”

They wanted to challenge each other to see who could write the most random things throughout our Spring Break.  Three pages of Randomness was their self selected challenge.

I love the excitement these two students, who are reluctant writers, have for their challenge. They even suggested I do it for the entire class.

I think I have my “Returning To School On a Monday Morning After a Week Long Break Writing Assignment.