The drilling down that typically happens in schools once the results are released can be a traumatic experience.
Principals often highlight the failures or weaknesses rather than the successess. Rather than an inclusive pat on the back, too ofter it is a mantra of having to do better next time.
Too little recognition is given to thos thousands of teacher who work slavishly with their Year 12 classes, regardless of the 'exam results' they might be capalb e of achieving.
The learning process should be recognised in itself because as teachers well know, the vast majority of students are not able to access those lofty heights achieved by the few. Congratulations to all teachers who tried to engage, support and guide their students to the best of their abilities.
I hope you all enjoy a well-earned break. A pity a return to work next year will welcome in a new round of syllabus documents.
A Distinctively Visual Xmas
This is one of the very best Xmas advertisements I have seen BUT if you have any concerns about it having educational legitimacy in the classroom, a quick look will show that it has very strong 'distinctively visual' elements and layered inferential techniques.
After the initial viewing, follow up discussion could focus on how the Xmas message was masterfully represented.
Another reason to spend some time with "Mog's Christmas Calamity" in the final weeks of school, is the linked YouTube clip that focuses on how the original picture book was made and then how the derivative video clip was created. It gives a snapshot of the picture book to film process and some of the CIG and other filmic techniques used.
It would be a fun lesson for either Primary of Secondary classes.
Surely that ticks enough boxes to at least give it a look.
Some of the John Lewis Xmas advertisements are also worth a look as well. They typically use a visual storytelling approach with their Yuletide message embedded within subliminal persuasive advertising.
The site address for Mog is below, along with another Sainsbury's Xmas Advertisement that has an historical contextual link.
The picture book is difficult to find, except on Ebay or from Amazon but an interesting 'Guardian' article about the book gives some snapshots of pages from the picture book which would be sufficient to use to augment class discussion about the transformation process from page to screen.
Examining the contextual reality as a follow up clip is also interesting as well, raising questions about what 'Christmas' signifies by linking it with concepts of 'history', 'truth' and 'memory'
I would love to hear back from you if you give them a try in class.
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