My first hour class has the pleasure of watching the high school broadcasting program on Friday mornings. It amazes me how intently they watch, how carefully they listen and how completely transfixed they are for this 10 minutes.
Today there seemed to be a “good ol’ country” theme to the show and Jones Soda kept popping up on various shots. In one scene, the anchors were wearing crazy afro wigs and talking with thick southern drawls. Would it work if I wore a wig too? I think not.
Maybe it has something to do with the unknown world of high school. Seeing their friends from last year doing fun and cool things that they can’t wait to do themselves. Whatever it is, I appreciate the opportunity to see them completely in tune and focused. I’m thinking about using this tool to teach visual literacy and/or the importance of viewing skills.
What about you? What are some of the things that captured your attention in middle school? What types of programming “hook” you now?