There's a saying in Media Production that is repeated by Media teachers across the islands thanks to the efforts of the Hawaii Creative Media Team and that saying is going from "Good to Great." I think my students are GOOD at what they do, but my job isn't to be satisfied with just being "good enough," it is to challenge my students to be great. Being great isn't just performing at a high level; it's the mentality that you need to keep working towards improving and to hold yourself to a higher degree than everyone else who is comfortable with being "good enough."
The following PROs/CONs list is my justification for the last TigerTV grade. TigerTV production in general is as good as or slightly better than they were in the beginning of the school year, however TigerTV grades have been lower in general due to there being stagnation in our productions. In order for us to improve, we must strive to be great, and not just "good enough."
Advance Media: So what does "going from Good to Great" mean to you? How can we go from Good to Great? How can you go from Good to Great by the end of the school year?
I'm of the firm mindset that Media within the teaching profession is one of the most inclusive departments. We understand that the industry requires collaboration and live it every day in the practices that we preach. I have long pushed to improve media in my district, not only because it provides my students an outlet to meet other's interested in the same things as themselves, but it allows them an opportunity to continue their studies well beyond their time with me in middle school. I have also come to the conclusion that by improving other's I have improved my own practices as a media teacher. Our latest collaborative piece involves Waipahu Intermediate and their teacher Ms. Keanini who are looking to expand their media production to include a monthly broadcast. Being able to articulate my thoughts on the questions posed by her students helped me better understand the intricacies of my own program. Having my Advance Media class complete the same survey and then comparing my answers to theirs, has helped me quantify my teaching practices and that's reassurance any teacher could appreciate.
Media @ EMMS
Tiger Media is the video production team of Ewa Makai Middle School. Our programs include an Exploratory program for students interested in learning more about video production and an Advanced program for students who would like to extend their learning into professional and real-world video production.
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 have served in various roles ranging from an HSTA PD Trainer and Consultant, AVID Site Team Member, Club Advisory, Volleyball Coach, Event Organizer, and Chair for the CxK Media Cohort.
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