Today I was invited to a presentation of McKinley KidTV at McKinley School in Westfield, NJ. And wow! That show rocked! Under the direction of Joe Paradise and Cathy McGarry, two teachers at McKinley, a bunch of fifth grade students produced a one-hour TV show that made me cry happy tears.
The backstory: Four days a week, during recess, the kids meet with Joe and Cathy to write, direct and produce TV. The kids decide on issues, or themes or news of interest to them and then they research the topics. This year the show centered on Super Storm Sandy, how the brain learns to read, students composing music about endangered animals, and don’t forget MythBusters!
I love that the kids choose the topics. THEY decide how to shape the content of the show. THEY create it, and THEY’re the stars. Thank you, Joe and Cathy for making this possible for McKinley School kids. Teachers like you make me love my job. Check out a video at vimeo.com/67690352.