For the past 3 years we have made use of Hawaii International Film Festival's generous offer to bring industry professionals into the classroom. This year, on Nov. 13th we will be welcoming filmmaker Erin Lau to our class to talk shop about the film industry. Below you will find her sizzle reel followed by a recap of the event (to be posted after Nov. 13).
Advanced Media students please watch the reel and generate questions you might have for Erin. Her profile can be found at the bottom of the HIFF Guest Speakers Page.
I hate to nag teachers and students to complete our TigerTV surveys so I always make it optional while making it worth people's time to complete. Students normally want to fill it out because it allows them to volunteer to be in future shows and gives them the opportunity to make meaningful suggestions for future shows. We use the data we collect from the surveys in our class as talking points to helps us drive our direction. It's nice to have honest conversations about how we can improve and what we can be doing better. It's also nice for my students to see how much the school community enjoys their work. Hoping to see our show (and skill level) continue to grow!
Special Sneak Peek at our Upcoming Full-Length Cheer Off Videos being released this Friday!
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