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This week I would like you to use your imagination. You have just won the lottery and will leave your teaching post immediately to travel around the world. As you leave your keys you meet your replacement. You are asked to give this new teacher just ONE piece of advice. What would that be, and why? Enjoy your world expedition!

Blog Post - Week 7
This past week in my own teaching I felt a little disconnected which prompts my question to you, "What was the moment (or moments) when I felt most disconnected or disengaged as a teacher - the moment(s) I said to myself, I'm just going through the motions here?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 6
For the past couple of weeks you have experienced asynchronous online learning (doing modules by yourself). Previously this semester you have experienced synchronous online learning (all together in the Collaborate room). Which do you think is more effective and why do you think that? Which do you like better, and why?

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 5
This week we have what we call "open mic." You can write a post about anything related to your teaching that you would like responses from your classmates.

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 4
Here is this week's question: "What was the event that most took me surprise this week - and event that shook me up, caught me off guard, gave me a jolt, or made me unexpectedly happy?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 3
Please write a post about the following question, "In thinking about my past week teaching what is one thing I would do differently, and why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 2
Please write a post about the following question, " In thinking about my teaching activities this past week, of what do I feel most proud? Why?"

Fall Semester 2016 Blog Post - Week 1
Describe something you used in your program in the first weeks of school that you learned in the summer NTI program. How did it work? Did it get you off to a stronger start than last year?

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Shoot off Competition

 In my production class of 28 students, I have the kids divide into seven groups of four kids. They are all given the same "shoot off session".  They are given the same assignment to film. The contest is to see how creative and varied that they can be with their projects. This competition keeps the students interested and active. When the students are completed with their short videos, the class watches all of them. It is a fun and great learning tool.
  The negative side is that there is so much activity flurrying around for one body to manage. I personally now check out every camera, battery and piece of equipment to ensure its safe return. 
There are many technical questions with the cameras and editing systems and all at once. I can't possibly meet all the demands expediently with the students.
  However, I much prefer the overwhelming interest and activity of the students, as opposed to the boredom and lack of creativity of a stagnant classroom. Any tips regarding crowd management would be greatly appreciated. 

1 comment:

RS said...


Thank you for your kind encouragement and advice. I have not tried the busy work yet. That is a good idea. Maybe a learning contract can be set up for those who habitually stay off task and do not work well with the others or independently. Again Thanks, you gave me some good ideas to work with.

It sounds like you are doing a fantastic job with your class. The accomplishments you and your students experience are rewarding and keeping all of you reaching for more knowledge through the assignments. I understand the difficulties of to “much activity flurrying around for one body to manage”.

The difficulties that I experience are similar in that as I attend to the needs of everyone, I am unable to keep a watchful eye on the few, 100 percent of the time. I wonder if somehow a learning contract would help the students to answer some of their own questions. I wonder if at that point that the energy level seems so great that you could pull them back into a classroom setting to review and answer questions and allow them to share their experiences, thus taking the need for you to be in so many places. So many times the students are needing that positive reinforcement and encouragement that comes from their success and the teacher. Your class sounds exciting, fun and successful.

RS in Alpharetta