Next Student Vlogger Up

This is our fourth student vlog and just when I think we’ve encountered everything along this journey, something new crops up.  This student had some very particular ideas around the beginning of his video.  In particular, he was very interested in the timing of the music with the skiing right up to the camera moment.  The most striking thing to me was that he wasn’t interested in the flash of that whole thing, instead he was fixed on the concept of having a strong opening to engage the audience.  The crossovers to our work in writing and reading are incredible and continue to amaze me as we work on this.  Super great stuff…really excited for this week’s vlogger!
As with every week that the students create a vlog I am challenged to vlog about an aspect of my life.  This week the student asked me to vlog what I do during the day.  The exact quote was, “Mr. Berry…what is it you do during the day?”  I will say this was one of my most challenging vlogs to make, just thinking about how to convey the things I do during the day…not always easy, but it was powerful for me to think about how to share what I do with students.

This School’s a Circus!?!

We recently had the pleasure of hosting Wunderle’s Big Top Adventures at our school.  I’m a HUGE fan of artists in residence and often struggle with the challenges of incorporating something like this experience into our ever moving school schedule, but I’m always amazed at the level of investment that comes when we are able to make it work out.  Our unified arts teachers have been integral in making events like this happen by continuing to be flexible within their schedules and incorporating the shared theme into their instruction.  The outcome is incredible for our learners and school community.  I had a particularly busy week and wasn’t able to be as much a part of this as I’d hoped but our P.E. teacher has show interest in getting our own circus equipment as a result of this experience…so there’s still hope for me…one day…under the big top!

I Owe You An Answer

I’m a week behind on my vlogging challenge with Fourth Grade so I have two videos to do this week.  Last week’s challenge for me was to do a Q and A style video, taking questions from our scholars and answering them the best I can.  Some of my numbers are a little fuzzy but they get close to the answer!
Great format for answering questions that people have…something to consider for other stakeholders in the school community.

Book Review 018: No Summit Out of Sight by @JordanForNepal and @Renwriter

This book was a pleasant surprise for me.  I’ve read many different climbing type books and had some preconceived notions about what this one would be like and I have to say I couldn’t have been more impressed.
The book is well written and truly inspiring in many ways.  I appreciated the realism as well as the equity in the story…each mountain and trip received its due respect.  Very well done, great book for discussing goal setting with students  (or grown ups!).
With all honesty I can say that I did a little bit of goal setting after reading this one…got me moving in a good way!

Student Vlogger Number 3, @CaseyNeistat Inspiring Us

Our student vlogging challenge has continued to be an amazing experience!  Students are sharing more than just a video…they are sharing their identities, telling us their story and opening up to the world…it’s a humbling experience to be a part of.
This week’s vlogger challenged me to do a Q&A style vlog.  Unfortunately, a head cold that I had this week had other plans, so my vlog will be coming out next week (owe you one fourth grade).
@kblefrancois and I have been talking about all the unanticipated amazingness that we are experiencing from this.  From our first conversations about @CaseyNeistat‘s videos to the conversations we’re having each day with our student vloggers…we’re just blown away by where we are and where we might go next.