Chaos and creativity ran the classroom today… I was so proud of my students as they worked together, shared their progress with each other, experimented and improved! The grade 9 plan began with a rough idea, as described here: Art With Mrs. Rose.
After coming back from the long weekend, I wasn’t sure if my pupils would have thought about their projects, let alone worked on techniques. I was wrong! Some (not all) students had downloaded programs and apps over the weekend and had taken the time to explore the possibilities of stop-motion film making. So cool. What surprised me were the students who I hadn’t expected to warm up to the task… they were so involved! Backdrops and sets were put together, characters and props were put in place, and digital cameras, laptops & cell phones were put to good use as images were captured.
Groups of students were busy comparing their chosen apps & programs, checking the rate of shots taken, and learning from those who had explored more over the weekend. Lesson for the teacher: nothing ventured, nothing gained. There have been few moments that could compare with the quality of learning and sharing in the grade 9 class today. These films may not be perfect, but everyone will learn from this exploratory experience. We’ll watch the films together at the end of the unit to celebrate & review any problems and make suggestions for next time, although I’ll never forget the value of trying this for the first time!