Reflection Perfection(ish)

We’ve been working hard to create, edit, and produce more content but we are perfectionists… kind of. We love to take video, we LOVE to share our ideas on film, but the editing process leaves us… striving for perfection. Which is endearing and amusing for this old teacher – because the videos are absolutely amazing, but not ‘perfect’.

That said, the kids’ attention to detail, their keen desire to ensure that everyone’s voice is heard, their commitment to keeping kids without parent consent off twitter (even when “they have the BEST answers… like seriously, Wow, it’s like poetry man”), and their passion make the near-perfect videos utterly amazing. For me, the process behind these videos will always be more impressive than the product. In hindsight I almost wish I had captured the behind the scenes on my OWN video device, but I also believe that being present and not experiencing their process through a screen is probably MORE important (especially when they tell me that their adults are frequently absorbed in a screen and don’t give them the attention they want).

So, we created new, near-perfect, content for your amusement. This video was something that one of the kids took during a brainstorm session. We wanted to better understanding what self-reflection is:

  • how it feels,
  • when it happens,
  • how it happens,
  • the good/bad/ugly parts of self-reflection,
  • synonyms for reflection (so we can better recognize when we are reflecting)
  • and our own reflective stories,

So I created a VERY rough documentation page for each our ‘big questions’ and we carousel through the questions in groups of 3-ish. I find that working in groups promotes more conversation, flushes out assumptions and new understandings, and makes a potentially ‘dry’ process dynamic and engaging. I am grateful that we’ve developed a connected classroom where the kids’ feel safe to share ideas and be vulnerable. Our conversations are always so rich, and honest, and thoughtful, that Im often filled with an immense sense of gratitude. So, here is their video about that process (as was posted on our twitter account – @corecandids).

Building off this brainstorming/sharing session the kids wanted to capture some of their ideas on film. They set off with Mr. D as a teacher chaperone to capture new footage around the school (having many locations was important to the kiddos). This time the kids wanted to share WHY they reflect, and why the process is valuable.

They surprised me by inviting Mr. D to contribute footage as well, and they were so impressed by his articulation of ideas that they wanted to be sure to include his ideas in their film too. I’ve been so grateful that Mr. D has been able to help supervise and facilitate some filming around the school. If a college were to try recreating this process, I would definitely suggest that they find another adult to help with the filming process. I feel like my kiddos are generally pretty honest in their delivery but I always wonder if there is more they want to say, but don’t for fear of offending me – do they filter their thoughts and musings because Im the ‘helper’ for filming? I really appreciate the opportunity to setback as the ‘teacher’ and truly give them time, and space, and support to be 100% authentic and honest in their footage. Mr. D is also an amazing motivator (and cheerleader) and the kids were keen to impress him with their commitment, passion, and their great ideas too. He’s been an invaluable part of the process.

Here is out most recent video with guess ambassador Mr. D sharing too:

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