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It's a new school year, and I'm at training. We're on a break, and I'm working on updating my website, etc. I just wanted to tell you that I am excited for the upcoming year, and we'll do incredible things! Students, enjoy your last week of summer! See you next week!
The AVP classes have been planning and filming a story called "Project X" where an object is featured going through its day. We have water bottles, a pencil bag, and Mr. and Mrs. Potato Heads moving around the school, going to lunch, and other places. Students are learning about camera shots and angles and how to edit footage down to what is essential to telling a story.
I forget that it takes students much longer to edit than I anticipate. We use Adobe Premiere Elements for our editing software, but we're soon getting Adobe Premeire Pro, which is what the professionals use.
The students we have this year are talented and seem to like what they are learning.
It is 5:04 PM, and I'm looking at the clock wondering when I can go to bed. The first day of school is that exhausting, but today was great. The high school students rotated through different classes to learn how to use their Chromebooks, Google Classroom, CPR, Cornell Notes, Kagan Structures and many other fun activities. But at the day's end, I was one tired teacher. Just when I thought I had NO energy left, it was time to teach Middle School Theatre, and playing some theatre game, was a great way to work up a sweat. I'll be feeling all of that movement tomorrow, but I can't wait to return. Blue Ridge is a special place, and I'm happy to teach with a great team. :)
Only one day more until students return! I got to see many bright and shining faces last night at MEET THE TEACHER. Some students even came without their parents just to say hello! Meeting new students and their parents is fun.
Teachers are a bit stressed this week making sure everything is just right; however, all of that is worth it when students return for another amazing school year. 2016-2017 is going to be the best school year. BRHS is growing. We have over 200 students now. When I started teaching here we had less than 175 students. Houses are being built; people are relocating from the hustling city to the bucolic hills of Blue Ridge; however, that doesn't mean they won't receive a wonderful education.
My goal the first week of school is to learn everyone's name, and to learn one interesting fact about each student.
It's that time. Back to school for teachers, but don't think we haven't been thinking about school for a while. This summer I attended SummerFest in San Marcos, where hundreds of theatre teachers assembled to hear best-in-class theatre workshops. We've also as a staff attended several other trainings to refresh our skills so we are giving you, student and parents, a top notch education.
School will start shortly! See you at Meet The Teacher on August 18.