This year I wanted both to make use of my new tablet purchase and also to have fun doing something a little different with my 6th graders before they graduated. I figured it might be a little ambitious to make a video but it could also be a great chance to get them creative. From my perspective, the project would buy a couple of weeks where I wouldn’t have to be planning lessons. Once I had the script and the routine we would be fine. I did this with two of my three 6th grade classes, though I expect to include Kaminishi Elementary next year.
With the Shionoe Elementary crew, I didn’t give them free reign on creativity since I knew the project would fall apart. I have zero support from the current teacher, who will often leave the room and throw me to the wolves. In these instances it was always very difficult to keep the kids focused on English, so I have to turn to games that are less than academic. Because of that, it became pretty tough to get them to focus on the actual material so I just needed to write something and make it happen. I also didn’t waste my time with trying to get the students to memorize everything. If they wanted to great, but if not then the show goes on.
So here is theirs. It is a weather and sports program. One small editing mistake in the middle, but I can’t be bothered to fix it now.
Then, for Yasuhara Elementary I knew that giving them more flexibility on the creativity ould probably get them more actively involved. So in a brainstorming session I asked them to first pick a genre for the film. Going for an action film was the easy choice. Then, I asked them to think of three good plot devices. Their answers were bomb, kung fu, and peach. So based on that I wrote a simple script. The kids seemed to enjoy making this movie a bit more, so I will be sure to do it like this in the future.