This writing is just one educator's view from this side of the desk.
Over the past twenty four hours, I have posted several proud tweets about my students' work. I only picked three videos to highlight with tweets, which is misleading because there were other videos that deserved the same attention. But I hated to bombard my Twitter followers with constant tweets. I felt it would be equal to how a mother of a new baby constantly is posting baby pictures. But I AM SO PROUD of my students! I asked them to step out of their comfort zones; in fact, I REQUIRED them to do so. They were hesitant and did not know how they would accomplish it, but the results are wonderful! When you watch the videos (all are uploaded to my YouTube channel), you will see imperfections. Some videos could have better sound, and others should probably refine the timing. But those details are not as important to me as the fact that they worked very hard to produce a product about which they had no experience or substantial knowledge. They had to learn, experiment, and collaborate with one another. In my opinion, THAT is what teachers are doing every day.
I highlighted three videos in particular:
Clare created a video about Mirror, and she crafts music and sounds together to create an understanding of two cultures.
Kathryn created a video about A Pig Parade is a Terrible Idea! Her storytelling is fun and interesting!
Lillian created a video about The Day the Crayons Quit. She worked tirelessly to create a video with awesome special effects!
So take a moment to browse the videos. If you find one or two that are done particularly well, please share with your students or other teachers.