Alternative Spring Break 2011
During my senior year at the University of Michigan, I had the opportunity to spend my spring break in an inner city Chicago classroom tutoring 5th graders. For that week, myself and 9 other university students worked closely with teachers helping the students prepare for their upcoming ISAT (Illinois Standards Achievement Test.)
Coincidentally, the 5th grade teacher I worked alongside was a former graphic designer and had redirected his interest in visual communication to the world of teaching. Demonstrating worksheets with a clear hierarchy of information to beautifully color-coordinated overhead notes, good graphic design was apparent in everything he produced for the students. Through his methodologies and dynamic classroom environment, I experienced first-hand how design could be used to improve the learning experience for each child, since everybody has their own unique way of understanding things.