A few weeks ago the team got really pumped up to devote an entire show to lampooning a guest speaker that came to AHS whose speech didn’t sit too well with faculty or staff. And while making light of current events happening around the school is not out of the ordinary, seeing as how KAHS is a satirical sketch comedy show, it WAS out of the ordinary that they were pitching a trip to a cave to get footage for the show. McCoy had a tent that he was hell bent on incorporating into the script. A tent that he wanted to destroy. Kids told me that there was a cave that we could film that would tie in perfectly to the script that they had written. I initially thought, “No way. We are not going camping just to get broll for a sketch.” (they probably just wanted to go camping) But as teacher, these are the moments you live for. Teachers don’t get paid in dollars, they get paid in moments like these. Its why I left my lucrative job in advertising and marketing, so that I could be selling dreams, motivation and inspiration instead of brand identity,loyalty and recognition! Its why I signed up for this job in the first place! Its so amazing seeing your students get inspired to be their best, to go all out, to challenge the status quo, to be filled with determination and to come correct with a script and a plan….Well how can you not support that? I mean, the guest speaker was talking about passion. And here my students were…being passionate about their craft. The guest speaker certainly inspired them! I couldn’t say no! So off we went. For a one day location shoot. In the middle of the week. IN JANUARY! (texas january tho…not the same, but still). We had a great time and even though I lost a chankla in the Frio River, I’d do it again in a heartbeat. I have never been more proud of the team. Unfortunately, the speaker couldn’t laugh at himself and didn’t appreciate the writing when we shared it with him. He went on to publish false information on his blog about how a teacher wrote an opinion piece in the school newspaper about his presentation, when in fact this information was false, because it was a student who wrote it. He went on to write more false information, saying that I actually led the making of the video and had the crew act out MY script. This blog post was a great bell ringer for my broadcast journalism class to talk about ethics and journalistic integrity. We talked about fact checking and how important it is to get your facts straight before publishing your work. It was a great teachable moment.
This all made me realize how little credit some adults give my team. They think that I am the creative director of the show and don’t realize that I am just an adviser. I am just here to help bring the student’s ideas to life, (as long as there is no cussing). It’s my job to teach the KAHS students how to get eyes on the screen, not just read the morning announcements. Teaching is difficult. Leading one of the top film programs in the country is passion.