February is Career and Technical Education Month. It’s an opportunity to not only share our mission to prepare students for enriching careers, but it’s a chance to also share the value CTE places on instilling service to others.
Our Skills USA members look for opportunities to give back to the community. This month our group is organizing a donation drive for the homeless population in Lexington. The Catholic Action Center has been serving then community for nearly 18 years. Our students are working to fill their need for fresh fruit, juice, and coffee mugs. While they may seem like small items some may take for granted, these items mean a lot to those in need.
There are many ways to give. From a tangible item, cash, or giving of one’s time, there are so many ways to give back.
I say it from the first day of school, “Everyone as a story to tell.” It’s true. From the stories of our families that help shape who we are to stories of overcoming adversity, our stories connect us. They can be sad, inspirational, and funny.
Take a moment to read some of the stories on the Story Corps website.
Proof reading your work has sadly become an afterthought. I blame it on our penchant for firing off a quick message in a text or email. That style of “writing” is geared for quick communication. Abbreviations and internet slang are the norm.
You know the language. LOL, IDK, BTW, LMK, OMG, THX.
There is still a need for good, make that great, writing.
I have been writing since I was a child. Even with more than 40 years of practice, I am by no means perfect on those first drafts. When I sit down to write that first draft I focus on getting my thoughts on “paper”. Round two, I fine tune it. Round three, I proof read and lastly, I read it out loud. That’s #5 on the list below.
I have caught more oversights when I have read my work out loud. I think it’s one of the best proofing tools out there. Read this great tip sheet from Grammarly to help you get in the habit of proofing your work.
After all, you don’t want your audience to remember you for mistakes. You want them to remember you for your creativity.
The great thing about teaching is you get to wipe the slate clean each year and get a fresh start. That was one of the reasons I enjoyed my career in broadcasting because every day was a fresh start. A different story, different location, different people to interview every day. I loved the spontaneity of it.
The 2017-18 school year is already off to a productive start. Second year students have already completed or are near completion on independent projects. AM students recorded and edited the first of a series of shows for our principal, Mr. Stanfield.
Our PM students have been working with the FCPS Transportation Department to create a new and improved PSA on School Bus Safety. This project has allowed the students real life experience by going off campus to work on a project that will air on local cable TV.
There are procedures to follow to ensure everyone arrives to and from school safely
Calla and Diana work the cameras while Leah oversees the project with the preplanned shot list.
I am also very excited about the effort and content that I have seen put into this year’s blogs. There is a variety of topics that would appeal to many interests. As a person who has always loved creative writing, it makes me so happy to see students exploring their own writing and communicating talents via their blogs.
There are so many ways to communicate with others. From the written word, to photos, audio, video and graphics, each platform tells a story. I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with this year as each person tries all the ways to communicate out and finds the one that sparks his/her passion for connecting with others.
Saying more with less is either harder or easier depending upon how you approach it. In some ways, I think it is harder to say something extra powerful in just six words. For famed author, Ernest Hemingway, it was a sad tale. So few word, such a sad story.
What I love about this concept is how addictive it is. Once you get started, it’s almost like a game to say something so deep or wildly funny in just six words. I challenge everyone to do your best. Look at this not just as another assignment, but as something to tackle like a great puzzle.
Just like slogans, a six word thought that’s really good has longevity, standing the test of time. New York Yankee’s legend Yogi Berra probably didn’t mean to create a six word story when he said “It ain’t over til it’s over”, but it has come to be said time and again with a deep meaning.
Take the challenge. Say more with less. Who can come up with THE most memorable Six Word Story?
If you missed our in class introduction or would like to go back and watch it again, here are the links:
With the new year has come new visitors to our Get Connected blog. The comments we have received have been refreshing and engaging which is what a blog should be about! Sharing thoughts, ideas, and creating an engaging conversation.
As our Media Arts students launch their new Blogs this week, we invite all of our new visitors to keep coming back to explore all the new sites being added to the AM and PM drop down menus.
There should be something of interest for everyone if you just browse through the sites. Some of our students have tried blogging before, while others are trying it for the first time. Either way, it promises to be a fun adventure that will only get better with time.
Again, I thank you new visitors for checking out our site. It is so exciting to read feedback from a real audience outside our own classroom.
And if you didn’t already know, we have an open invitation for “Guest Bloggers”. If you would like to write a blog entry about something in your class or any other fun musings, submit it to me and we can add it to the Everything Eastside page. Try it! you might like it.
In my endless search to find creative commons/copyright free sources I just stumbled across another. This website makes it about as easy as it gets. Simply put your keyword in a search box and Wa-La, multiple images that have already been filtered for your legal use.