Reflection E-Journal Assignment #12

In year four we measured the growth of Fishtrap Story Lab with quantitative data as we have each year and will continue to do so into year five. We also continued gathering qualitative data on student experiences in the classrooms at the beginning of the quarter and end of the quarter. Our team is very excited to focus more deeply on the following two principles this year:

“Create a shared vision for arts education programming through and inclusive and ongoing planning process”


“Engage and support experienced and skilled arts educators, including teaching artists, arts specialists, artists in residence and classroom teachers.”

While I’m sure we will engage in all of the other principles this year, we’ve chosen these two principles in year five after four years of program growth in order to focus on and build/strengthen relationships with the entire community, once again re-touching base with our community and creating a shared vision with school administrators, educators, parents and youth, and diversifying our programming curriculum through multiple teaching artists.

While Cam will be teaching in the classrooms this year, he will also be moving into a more administrative role, and tackling the following question: “How to create administrative programming for youth without giving up on the ground impact.” The key needs identified in this process will be finding multiple educators to help with classroom teaching, continuing to build community relationships with schools, parents, youth and other community organizations, to identify and support key relationship builders, and to continue to seek funding. The two principles fit into this focus well. 

In year four we observed that by being present in all three schools throughout the school year instead of solely focusing on one school at a time, Fishtrap Story Lab and other Fishtrap programming was integrated into the schools better and we had an even bigger presence/impact. This will inform our work this year as we offer programming to schools and teachers in the classrooms for 2018-2019.

And finally, we will continue fine tuning (speaking of rubrics), a grading rubric to go along with curriculum specific to Fishtrap Story Lab and Joseph Charter school’s quarter long collaboration with 7th and 8th graders. It came in very useful last year when grading student work.

Grading Rubric for Joseph Charter School/Fishtrap Program

Rubric Focus:

-Students will increase their writing proficiency through participation in weekly generative writing exercises: 

(Sample week:Day 1-Read and transcribe, reflect on meaning

Day 2-Generative writing exercise in the spirit/themen of the quote

Day 3-Imitate and make it your own

Day 4-Generative writing exercise that examines the craft or based on class need)

1-Students write some for their daily exercises

3-Students write and share their daily generative writing

5-Students write and share their daily generative writing and the writing makes sense and clearly communicates ideas and emotions

-Students will demonstrate an increased knowledge of storytelling

1-Student able to record a play by play account of visual story on iPad

3-Student able to write and record a narrative for their digital story

5-Student combines visual story and narrative 

-Students will increase proficiency in digital storytelling in the following areas:

a)Storyboard/develop a plan for digital storytelling

1-Some storyboarding/planning takes place before starting on project

3-Storyboarding and planning takes place

5-Storyboarding and planning and problem solving takes place throughout project 

b)Tell a visual story through photography, iStopmotion, and iMovie and combine with a written narrative

1-Visual story does not make sense/is not clear with written narrative

3-Visual story takes place with some interacting/crossover with written narrative

5-Visual story incorporates all project elements and works together with written narrative 

-Students will increase their editing proficiency in the following areas:

a) Complete all project elements

1-Completes project, but most elements are missing

3-Completes project, missed a project element

5-Completes project and all project elements

b) Clear sound

1-Garbled, too loud or soft, too much background noise, but story recorded

3-Some background noise, sound level mostly ok

5-Clear voice, clear sound

c) Clear pictures

1-Pictures/iStop/Video out of focus

3-Some pictures/iStop/Video out of focus

5-Pictures/iStop/Video in focus

d) No cuts or lags

1-Voice or visual element cut off or lags

3-Some voice or visual elements missing timing

5-Voice and visual elements flow together well