This past week has been a very busy one and it doesn’t seem like it is going to slow down anytime soon. By the time this is posted, I will only have thirteen more classes/office hours with my students. In that time they need to have collectively completed four videos and four websites. It is a smaller time frame than I would like and I’m sure the kids agree, but at least the video files are finally working. Yay!
In all honesty, though, I am slightly worried. I think about the amount of time left and how much still needs to get done and I panic slightly. While editing footage, I try to let them go at their own speed and only put my two cents in when asked. However, there have been countless times where I have just wanted to take the mouse from them and do it myself. It's moments like these where I need to remember that we aren’t here just to get four videos; that is not the end goal. The end goal is to have a group of students that know how to make a video themselves, not with a teacher constantly looking over their shoulder and telling them exactly what to do. Obviously some direction is needed, but I think I have been too involved in their creative processes. They all have the basics down now and I think its time I let them experiment with the videos themselves.
Even though I am a little worried about how everything is going to get finished, I’m pretty sure that it is all going to work out. Two out of the four groups already have the majority of their footage and one of those groups is almost done editing. That is amazing achievement to have accomplished in only eight days, especially when you take into account that some of these students are also busy writing their exams. I also find it pretty shocking how much I care about these kids already, and I am not a kid person whatsoever. There is something about these kids though; they all work so hard, and are so creative. I’m sure that these last few classes with them will pass all too quickly.
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