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.
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!