The Problem: Students complain about Lunch Duty and view it as punishment because they are unaware of the importance of serving the greater good and civic responsibility.
The Assignment: Understand the importance of serving other, then create a short documentary on Lunch Duty with the intent of promoting civic engagement and the value of the "Greater Good."
Our Goal: To change the culture of complaining/avoiding Lunch Duty by harnessing the power of media that we're privileged to have through TigerTV.
Lunch Duty may not seem like a very serious or important topic to do a documentary on, but I think it is the perfect training exercise for the Advanced Media students as we move into the 2nd semester. Up until this point our productions in TigerTV tend to be somewhat "surface level." We report on what happens around school, create some entertainment pieces, and might do a "story," but rarely do we provoke thought from our audience. News and media outlets have the ability to change public opinion and motivate people to action, and yet rarely do we make use of that power at the middle school level.
My goal for this assignment is two-fold: attempt to change the culture of complaining about Lunch Duty while learning to harness the power of media in order to accomplish the first goal. It's a complicated task, but one that I think my student's this year are gifted enough to attempt to do. Check back here for our completed video!
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