Rosie might cause me a lot of stress for an outspoken 1st year 8th grade after school member. But she's got some creative ideas once you can get past her loud mouth and sassy attitude! :P She finished this video at the last minute and even though she went through about 3 revisions to get it done, she never once quit. Keep up the good work EMMS Media Company!
What a FUN service learning project! We started by asking staff members to share their pet photos to show how much we ALL love our four legged friends. From there, the After School Media class held a discussion about why it's important for community and our companions to be loved and cared for. We then organized a rally to wave signs and show our support for our furry friends. We plan to continue the service learning project by finding new ways we can share our message and help those in need.
^ Hey! That's not us! But it willllll be on Thursday October 23 when we join in with the hundreds of other students around the island to rally for the "Make a Difference for Animals" Week! Join us in front of the school from 7:00 - 7:35 AM. Check the Humane Society for more information or stop by Mr. Toyota's room during recess, lunch, or afterschool. :)
HCM, Hiki No, Searider Productions, and everyone involved with those programs have always been a big influence to the growth of my own program at Ewa Makai Middle School. It's for that reason that I always look forward to spreading the word and getting people involved with their camps and programs. I couldn't ask for a better set of students to join me this time around and I'm happy that we learned so much. I have faith that our next Hiki No piece is in great hands!
The after school media team assigned to producing our Hiki No contributions this semester will spend 4 days of their fall break at Sea Rider Productions to learn how to produce compelling broadcast journalism pieces. Kama, Tae, and Faith will spend over 32 hours learning how to expand their video productions skills and are tasked with sharing their knowledge with their team members when we return to school on Oct. 12th. For a complete recap of what we learned at the camp, please visit: www.hawaiicreativemedia.org. To check out our work created at the camp, go here.
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