Advanced Media Members Only: Member Profile Survey
Ever since I discovered the stats features in Vimeo, I've tried to incorporate it is as a metric to measure my students success year by year. We got a respectable 11,000 plays, but only about 2,000 finishes. This means less than 20% people tuning into our videos are finishing their play throughs. This is about average when it comes to standard viewing metrics. The other thing to consider when looking at the numbers is that teachers often play our shows to a whole class of 20 - 30 students. So the actual audience we're reaching is probably higher than 11,000 views. Still, the numbers are encouraging and the hope is that we can continue to grow our viewership to reflect the changes we're making to the Advanced Media program this coming year. Let's get it!
Advanced Media Members Only: Member Profile Survey
With 1 week until school starts, I'm excited to say the least that a new school year is on the horizon. With it brings new opportunities and new ways to focus my curriculum. This year the advanced media class will be broken down into two focuses - broadcast and creative media. I hope that the new direction will kick us into overdrive as we plan for STN 2019!
For now, here's a taste of what's to come in the new school year...
A nice highlight from our Slack Channel. I think it nicely captures the family feel we try to build in Advanced Media (except for the second half of the video which is a spotlight on Mark - but who could blame him, he's fabulous!)
For this special show we will be dividing the work into 2 parts: segments & commercials. Please refer to the groupings below to figure out who you will be working with.
Media Summer Enrichment is well under a way with 12 students and multiple returning "alumni" stopping by to help out. This is what I always imagined the advanced media program at Ewa Makai would be like. Students learning from students. Former students coming back through their own decision to help share their knowledge and ensure that the media program here at Ewa Makai continues to grow stronger. #proudteachermoment
My next goal, do a better job of recruiting through our feeder schools. Excitingly though, Ewa Makai will be adding a 6th grade wing in the 2019 - 2020 school year so I'll have an easier time picking up incoming 7th graders and might even have the chance to work with students for 3 school years if I can recruit some dedicated 6th graders. Below is some of the highlights from this year's MSE program so far...
As the school year closes this officially marks the end of my 9 years of teaching, and perhaps the first time I have ever felt like I didn't make substantial growth as a teacher. While part of how I measure my success is quantified by awards my students pick up (to which we didn't win much as a team - and yes, I know this isn't the best way to measure success), a lot of it revolves around how much I got to know my students, how much of an impact I felt like I made in their lives, and how much "teacher stuff" I was able to accomplish.
While it is bittersweet that I feel so dejected by how little I feel like I've impacted my students in comparison to the year's past, I can confidently say a lot of my focus has poured into being a good father to my own child. Even while feeling thinned out almost every day, I am proud of the fact that my students were able to find so much individual success. It proves how accomplished they can be in an environment where they're allowed to grow at their own pace, surrounded by like-minded, but very different peers. I pride myself in building an advanced media program that isn't just for the best and brightest, but for those who purely have a passion for video production. I have students of all paths, strengths, and weaknesses and I am amazed every year at the results this concept has produced.
While I could feel bad about not making substantial growth as a teacher, I really see it as a motivating factor in becoming a better teacher AND father. It's funny to have to say that now, but I'm excited for what my 10th year of teaching will bring along with my 1st full year of parenthood. From a new advanced media team and new curriculum, to all the new dad moments and everything in between. While most teachers are pumped that the year is ending, I'm pumped at all the new experiences, possibilities, and moments this will bring in the near future. And I hope you're pumped too! #stayhungry
About The Program
The Ewa Makai Media group consists of Hawaii's first all-inclusive mandatory media program focusing on: Video Production, Business Exploration, and App Design.
About Mr. Toyota
When they say "professions run in the family," the saying holds true for my family and I. My mother, my aunty, and my grandmother were all teachers before me and I didn't ever think I'd be the one to take up the mantle. I've been teaching since 2008 and started at the age of 23 years old.
I'm a National Board Certified teacher with a Bachelor's in Secondary Education: Social Studies. Additionally, I serve as a HSTA PD Trainer, Media Department Founder at Ewa Makai Middle School, Club Advisor, and Event Organizer for video-focused events in the Leeward District.
Basic Teaching Philosophy
There are constantly occurring learning opportunities. As a teacher, it is my duty to not only help students see these opportunities at face value, but to help them profit from these experiences.
I believe that learning is growing and that growing in the right direction is an important aspect of being successful. I can help the imperfect, I can hardly help those who are perfect. Although academics is an important part of a child's life, I understand that a child's life is even more important than school as an institution. Homework, tests, grades, and due dates pale in comparison to preparing a child for their future. I am but one person amongst a community of people that will come into a child's life, whether my role is small or large, my actions have lasting implications.
I will always strive to make a difference, to help student's grow in the right direction, to develop their passions, and to prepare them for the struggles ahead. It is my duty, my honor, and my will as their teacher.
- Ethan Toyota