With Thanksgiving coming up in a few days, I'd like you to reflect on what you are most thankful for in your life at this time. Are you thankful for your dog? Your parents? A sibling perhaps? Maybe it's a teacher or a coach? Think about what's going on in your life and write about the top three things (or more if you like) that you are most thankful for. Remember that it needs to be written in the constructive response format.
I can tell you that I am thankful to be teaching a group of media students that really want to be here in class each day. As a group you guys are doingHappy Thanksgiving to you and your ohana!
When you all first joined our class and you and your parents attended our first CKTV meeting, one of the things that I mentioned was how you were now part of the CKTV Ohana. We all know that ohana means family and while we aren't related by blood of course, we are related by being in this class together. We go through everything that we do, together. We each play an important part in this class, from the roles we play on the morning announcements, to the jobs we do on the FM97 Inside Scoop, to the projects we work on, and everything else (like fundraisers or special projects) in between. For you 6th graders new to our school, this class has made you a part of this school before you even started your first day as a 6th grader here. You were invited to our family night last year and attended our summer camp to get to know your classmates and your partners. Some of you have returned to the class for your second or third year, despite all of the work that was asked of you last year. That means something. It shows that you want to be here, that you want to continue this journey through media production with your classmates, doing things TOGETHER.
The reason I'm bringing this up is because it's been brought to my attention that some of us are excluding our CKTV Ohana from certain things. We are saying or doing things to put down others or to make others feel bad. No one likes to be alone and yet that is what some of us are doing to our fellow CKTV Ohana. No one should feel excluded or not wanted and it is wrong when some of us choose to do this to others in our family. This is a choice that these people are making. They are choosing to say the things they say or to ignore others and it has to stop now. If you are one of those people then you need to consider this your only warning. If this behavior continues, you will not be allowed to join the rest of the CKTV Ohana on our trip to Florida and if things worsen, you may be asked to leave this class. I will not tolerate anyone bullying or putting others down for any reason.
For this week's blog post, I want you to write about what this CKTV Ohana means to you. Have you ever really thought about that? If not, I'd like you to. What does it mean to be a part of this class? Have you seen others do this and if so, have you done anything to stop it? If you see something happening to a classmate, what should you do? We are all in this together and we should be helping each other out, not tearing each other apart.
With the quarter about half way over, you should have made some decent progress on your second quarter project by now. Most interviews should have been shot and you should be in the process of transcribing them to begin work on your script. Where are you and your partner at right now? On schedule? Behind? Tell me about where you're at and what you still need to get done for this week's blog entry. Make sure it's in the 5 paragraph constructed response format.
We've all watched some TV in our lives, some more than others. I'm a fan of TV watching myself as I have a few shows that I just can't miss each week (The Walking Dead, Sons of Anarchy, House of Cards). I've also watched many TV shows online via Netflix. Other sites like Hulu or iTunes allow you to watch TV shows and you can find a ton of stuff to watch on YouTube. As technology advances, we're seeing more and more content placed on the web that you can stream anytime you want. You can subscribe to the NFL Network and watch any football game on your phone so even live sports are being watched online.
For this week's blog post, I'd like you to think about this and decide whether or not you think TV as we know it will still exist in say 10 years. Do you think we'll still see TV shows as we do now on TV , at scheduled times? Or will everything be "on demand"? Will our phones and tablets be our TVs? In many ways they already are but will we still sit around the television at 7 pm on Monday night to watch, "The Voice"?
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!