GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING YOUR STORIES ABOUT MARGARET BYRD RAWSON
Before you tell your story, think about your goals. What do you want others to know about Margaret Byrd Rawson? Margaret was such a fantastic and dynamic person who touched the lives of many. Help others to learn and experience her the way you do. Share how she influenced your life and the impact she had on you. What lessons did you take away from knowing her? Focus on how one individual can send out ripples of hope and healing for generations.
When you tell your story, introduce yourself. Describe who you are, what you do, and a bit about yourself. Keep this section brief, and be mindful of sharing identifying information if you are not comfortable doing so. There may be details that are important but are neither necessary nor appropriate to share.
Think about the most important thing you'd like your listener to know. Share your experience of being with Margaret. How did you meet her? Describe a time spent with her. How did she help or influence you? What do you remember most about her? Is there a funny story to share? What were the unique qualities that you remember most? What did she contribute to the world regarding dyslexia awareness and its proper treatment? How did she influence and transform educational practice?
By sharing your memories and experiences of Margaret, we can highlight the impact one person can make to change the conversation about 'reading failure' for some to 'reading success for all.
When submitting a story, please consider the following:
- Think about the privacy of loved ones, friends, and strangers mentioned in your story. Be respectful when sharing details of others' lives.
- Tell your story through your perspective. Try not to make assumptions about how others in your account are feeling or thinking.
- Please avoid suggesting that another person's circumstances are better or worse than your own.
- Use respectful language.
- We welcome both person-first language (i.e. "person with dyslexia") and identity-first language (i.e., "dyslexic person").
We're here to help, and we're grateful that you've chosen The Margaret Byrd Rawson Institute to share your story.
Guidelines for Shooting a Video:
To help you tell your story most effectively, we have created some simple video shooting guidelines for you to follow:
If you are holding the camera:
If you don't have another person to help you, you may use the selfie mode on your smartphone to take the video. Please keep it in landscape mode. You can then just ask yourself the questions, and we will edit that part out. Come from the heart with your response and be genuine!
If you have someone holding the camera for you:
If possible, have another person hold the camera for you. If you want, the person filming can ask you the questions, interview-style. This style will allow the conversation to flow more naturally than you trying to memorize a script.
If you have more than one teaching tip you want to share:
Please separate into different vlogs. Our goal is to ideally have each video be 2-4 minutes long and focus on a specific teaching tip.
Don't worry about being perfect:
We may edit the video once you send it to us, so it's okay if you have a few pauses, you say "um" a few times, or you want to restart and reflect over again. Speak clearly, loudly, and confidently. Make eye contact with the person interviewing you, not the camera. If you are filming by yourself, just focus on a spot on the wall behind the camera to look at, as if you were looking at a person.
We look forward to learning about your experience with Margaret. Also, you are welcome to send old photos if you have them.
Guidelines for Taking Better Photos:
Almost all phones today can take great photos, so you don't need to worry about having a top-of-the-line camera to get high-quality images, but there are some basic things you can do to improve your photos right away.
Make Sure Your Subject Is in Focus
Autofocus is your friend, but if you aren't sure, tap your subject on the screen (on the phone) or lightly press the shutter button (on a camera) before taking the picture so everything is clear.
Turn Off Auto-Flash
Even though the flash will illuminate your subject, it can leave it in harsh light. Try turning off the flash and letting the phone/camera capture your subject in low light. If you still can't get a good photo, turn on your flash and see if it turns out all right.
Rule of Thirds
The rule of thirds is the principal that photos look better when your subject isn't right in the middle of the scene. Place them to either side, with maybe another secondary element to interest the eye on the other side, and you have a recipe for a winning photo.
Hold your phone sideways to get a horizontal photo. We will be using horizontal images almost exclusively, so to avoid excessive cropping of the image, take your picture horizontally.
Shoot From a Low Angle
Shooting from a low angle makes people and other subjects more interesting only because we're not used to looking at them from that perspective. If you want your child to stand out in the photo, for instance, you should get down to their height. Don't be afraid to get close!
Send Us a Full-Size Photo
Don't worry about the file size; just send us a full-size photo (at least 1280 pixels wide), and we'll take it from there!
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