School Community Education - Using Field Trips & The Community to Educate our Students! Olelo Community Media, Mapunapuna, Hawaii
Field trips can leave a lasting impression on students, more than we tend to realize. My all time favorite field trip growing up in Hawaii was always the Challenger Center. And while I didn't grow up to be an astronaut or space engineer, the fond memories I have of that place has left impressions on who I am today. At the Challenger Center it's all about communication, team work, and paying attention to your instructions. After all, the smallest mistake could cost you the mission. While I don't remember all the details of the job I was assigned, I do remember working in the control center and using the headphones to relay information or working inside the "spaceship" to examine space rocks. It's crazy to think something that happened to me over 25 years ago is something I still remember till this day. I still practice and stress communication, teamwork, and attention to detail in my own class. As a teacher, this is what I aspire to do for my students, leave lasting impressions on them, whether they go into the film industry or not so that the lessons they take from my class (and field trips) can help them in some way in their futures.
Special thanks to Olelo Community Media. Ku'uipo Rositer was an amazing field trip host organizer. She made sure my students were engaged and having a good time. Wayne Yun was my group's tour guide, you can tell his years of experience have made him a teacher in his own right. The way he connected with the kids and made them feel so comfortable was nothing short of brilliance. Sisto, Anne, and Tom were all very insightful, fun to be around, and so very caring of my students. If they didn't know the answer to something, they made sure they pointed my kids in the right direction. I can't think of a better time for a field trip and I think my student's would agree! Check out some pics from the day as well as my favorite reflections from the day!
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