My communications exploratory class just wrapped up for the year. I only teach it for the first half of each trimester, switching with a colleague to take over RTI time that period while he teaches his exploratory.
It's a nice break. Communications isn't my favorite class for many reasons, but most of it stems from the fact that it's teaching a non-graded class during the last period of the day to seventh graders. And let's face it, for most middle school kids, speeches, group discussions, projects, and speaking and listening skills just aren't in their comfort zone.
Once in a while though, a Communications project blows my mind.
I require one group project as the last assignment for the class. Basically, they can do anything that involves writing and speaking, as long as they have 4-6 members in the group and everyone contributes.
This time around, I had a group ask to create a spoof of a nature documentary. They wanted to be explorers hunting for me. I demanded script approval before agreeing to anything involving me. They delivered the next day.
Reading through it, my thoughts were that of any middle school teacher when a situation like this arises: this will either be the best or the worst thing I've ever seen. I approved.
It's amazing. All five play to their personalities and humor. The editing is something most adults couldn't do with an iPad in one week. I'm the worst actor in the entire thing.
If you have 10 minutes, enjoy "The Hauptsteen Expedition."
I teach 7th and 8th grade English in rural Iowa and hope to reflect, connect, and share with other English teachers. Iowa Council of Teachers of English Executive Board member. Iowa Writing Project superfan. UNI MA:TESS graduate.