I'm seeing a negative trend in class lately where some of you are looking ahead to the summer vacation and starting to take a break from your work. I'm seeing it in the blogs you write, in the text dependent questions that you hardly spend time on or fail to turn in on time, and the overall attitude I'm seeing in class. We have another MONTH of school people! It's too early to check out and start thinking ahead to our summer vacation! We need to stay focused and on task to finish the year strong. I'm expecting your very best work in this final project as this is your chance to prove to me what you've learned and can do. Take it seriously and step up your game!
For this week's blog post, I'd like you to reflect about what you plan to do to keep this from happening. What will you do personally to make sure that you and the rest of the class stay on track? Let's go from good to great, not good to bad!
One of the things that I'd like us to do more of in the future is community service, giving back to our community in some way. Our class has been blessed with having the support from a lot of people, either through our fundraisers or through the work that we do with our videos. We are fortunate to receive the support we get each year, and I think it would be a good idea for us to do more for our community. I'm looking for something to do say once a quarter that our whole class could participate in. What I'd like to hear from you is:
1) What do you think about this idea? Good? Bad? Do we have enough time?
2) What are some ideas that you have that we could do as a class? Some examples could be to start a food drive, collect cans and donate the money to charity, pick up trash along the road, participating in some sort of fundraiser like a walk to end muscular dystrophy or something like that.
3) How often should we do this? Once a month? Once a quarter? Remember that whatever we decide, we need to commit to.
I'm challenging you to think outside the box here. Be creative and use your imagination. Any idea will be looked at so don't be afraid!
For this week's blog post, I'd like you to tell me the three best things about our STN trip that you experienced. What three things stood out for you as the top experiences of the trip? On the opposite end, was there anything that you really didn't like? You can post up to three of the worst parts of the trip. Be careful now, I'm not asking you to be negative or to put down someone else. I'm looking for honest responses about what you did and didn't like about the trip. I'm interested in your responses to make it better for next year! Be sure to give me reasons why you liked and didn't like something. If you don't explain, I can't get the info I need to make improvements.
If you didn't go with us on the trip, I'd like you to tell me what the best and worst parts of this class are, if any. What do you like the most about it and what don't you like?
What were some of the most valuable lessons that you learned while on our recent trip to STN? Was it something you learned in a breakout session? What is something you learned while competing? Was it something you learned while having to live with other people for two weeks away from your parents? Did you learn something about yourself in the process? I'm interested to find out what were some of the most important lessons you learned while on our trip.
If you were a student who stayed back, I'd like you to tell me about some of the most important lessons you've learned this year while being in the class.
I currently teach Advanced Media Production, Beginning Media Production, the Yearbook Class, two Intro to Computing - iPad Classes, and I am also the school's technology coordinator. You can say I wear many hats here at CKMS!