First off, let me admit it would be remiss of me to say that my Distance Learning skills are top notch landing a meeting with Zach King. With super opportunities like this I might look like some kind of Distance Learning genius, but the fact is... I got lucky. One of Zach King's producers is Zachary Fu. Zachary Fu is my mom's friend's son. So while I do put out a lot of "feelers" for golden opportunities like these, this meeting was not my own doing. Thanks mom (my mom's a retired pre-school teacher by the way - and the reason I'm a teacher)!
So that aside, let's talk about the Zach King Zoom Call. It was everything I hoped for and more. Zach not only did his signature magic tricks (one of which I could not figure out for the life of me - check out 5:11) but he was fully engaged and poured all of his attention into my student's questions. This isn't an simple thing to do, especially when it can be so easy to write off 11 year olds in 6th grade. If you've ever been in a crowded Zoom Call you will know it can be madness; the silence (when everyone is finally muted) can be deafening, and the whole thing can be a laggy mess. While we did have lag, Zach was a pro in taking questions and answering them authentically. I really hope opportunities like these stick with my students long after they leave my media program. I mean, they did wake up at 6AM, which has to speak volumes to how valuable a learning opportunity like this can be after all. Next week we will be talking with Hawaii 5-0 and up-and-coming movie stuntman - Beulah Koale.
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