Student Director in Zawadi Yetu
On Tuesday, I was in Zawadi Yetu Academy to step in for their teacher, Irene Pepit, who was unable to report on that day.
We had previously introduced the concept of a director where we give one of the kids a phone and then that one kid goes around the classroom taking pictures and recording videos of the lesson. This is our way of teaching photography and videography in our TechLit classes.
On this particular day I had fifth grade, which is known for their smartness and drive when it comes to computer classes. We were doing a project in Scratch, and the director of the day was called Ogutu. He understood the assignment and started taking photos. I never once had to correct him. For example, I never had to tell him to take pictures in portrait mode and not landscape, this bright boy already knew what to do.
I continued with my work and the next time I turned around to see how our director was carrying on with the assignment, I was surprised to find him going around, picking the students who were done with their project, taking them aside with their laptops, having them sit down and then he would do some sort of an interview while recording the interview. He was like "Can you tell us more about this project. Explain what it's all about, how it works and how you've made it."
I was honestly amazed, he just took the role of the teacher, director and interviewer at the same time. He would be like "No, can you move this way, I need to take a good video. That's a nice project. Go sit down, I'm done with you. I need a new person here. Next?"😂😂
I had to sit back and watch. I did not give instructions anymore, I just let the director take control and he was doing it perfectly. I took a rest because Ogutu had me covered.
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Magda is one of TechLit's most skilled educators, and has taken on capacity development and new school onboarding.