With the art lair all tidy and neat and materials all ready for the next days lessons I attempted to go home and sleep. Of course the excitement woke me up about 4:30 am. Driving to school in the dark I arrived about 6:30 and had just gotten off the phone with my sister asking her to say a little prayer and send good vibes that technology all works when my panic moment set in. That's right, the computer monitor and connection to my ceiling mounted projector was down. I tried to calmly check all connections, reboot, even tried to switch out monitors with another computer when I knew my heart was pounding so fast I had to get help! I walked out in the hall heading towards the office when I spotted my principal and without a "Good Morning" loudly exclaimed down the long hall that "I NEED tech support!" After telling her the issue she confirmed my fear that they usually did not start until 8 am. Surprisingly I remained fairly calm and said just try to call, but we have time. They don't plan to officially film until class starts. I must say I was very grateful to John who showed up and quickly got the wires and monitor adjusted! Whew!
The producer and cameraman arrived just at 8 am and talked to me about the set up and how I would run the lessons, where I would stand, etc. They were very kind and made the process easy. I must admit I was not nervous, but rather the adrenaline kicked in and I was ready to go. My 5th grade showed up at 8:30 and I explained about what was about to happen and that there might be a crew coming in to set up. The kids were excited and had lots of questions but we were able to very quickly get started on their lesson! (I will share their lesson very soon- Art Nouveau Vases)
I could see in the hall the crowd and crew gathering during class, but they waited outside the door until h grade block arrived. My students were beaming and holding their poetry journals in the hall ready for action! The camera man Bob Abrham helped to get my microphone on and while equipment was hauled into the class.
The lesson started quickly and the cameras rolled. I introduced our new unit "Illuminated Manuscripts" (funded by Kids in Need Foundation Grant/Loft) by using this Prezi which has an embeded link to an Art Project collection of Illuminated Text and folio illustrations. We looked at art work and the kids did a great job using the smART vocabulary to critically observe the imagery. I stressed the size of books and how many were not large images and the details were quite small with helped to highlight the great feature on Art Project which allows you to ZOOM in and really begin to see details. We moved quickly into our project where students will be starting with just the first letter of a poem they will be illustrating for their books they will make for our school library. (I will share the entire unit completion) The camera man and reporter interviewed students while they were working and I was told not to talk to other students during interviews. This was TOUGH, kids were asking questions and I had to point and try to use motions to help the students understand that my microphone was picking up all the sound OVER the interview. There were a few moments where they had to instruct me to call on the kids near the camera which is hard when you are used to trying to call on a variety of students. As the class seemed to quickly come to a close and students got ready for dismissal I lined up the class to meet the next group!
Several students were individually interviewed and time seemed to move quickly with all the excitement.
Many thanks to Craig Roland for sharing my name and information with NBC. Thank you also to my Principal Ms Jones and the staff at Robinson Elementary School for getting so spiffed up and beautiful on the day after testing, and helping to get Robinson ready for a National visit.
I would also like to thank my great PLN on twitter for all their support and encouragement. You all keep me inspired and striving to add new exciting elements into my classroom each and every day. Thank you to: Theresa McGee , Tricia Fuglestad, Suzanne Tieldman, Theresa Gillespie, TAEA & Samantha Melvin and many other fantastic #artsed teachers.