Let’s Get Together Thursday – March 20, 2014Posted by Brooke Ahrens in Check this out!.
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A collaborative post written with Derek McCaw,Â Director of Visual and Performing Arts atÂ Notre Dame High School, San Jose
Most of the time we think of collaboration as a short term arrangement, a way to complete the project, assignment or task in front of us. Sometimes, however, we should take the opportunity to collaborate on a long-term project with someone outside our area of expertise. We can create something new and vital for our students that gives them a better experience.
For a few years, I had taught a â€œVideo Editingâ€ course, giving students skills in software and recording techniques, but achieving only a basic technical proficiency. To be candid, Iâ€™m not a film maker, Iâ€™m a technologist.
This year, our Director of Visual and Performing Arts stepped in from his Drama duties in order to help. Recently certificated by UCLAâ€™s Professional Screenwriting Program, he was able to provide the missing piece in that class. He could help students develop their content; I could give them the skills to polish it into a final project. The students learned to express emotional tone through visuals and sound, and discovered that even in the most basic of projects, good storytelling makes a difference.
As teachers, we were able to play to each otherâ€™s strengths, keep the studentsâ€™ interest high, and learn a few things ourselves about film making, and each other. Our combined course was fun to teach, and became stronger than it had ever been before.