5th Grade, Filming & Fancy Footwork

 

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A few hours each month I find myself transported back to a time warp, where the chairs are smaller, the voices squeaker and the smell much sweatier. The 5th grade has not changed much since I was in during the 1999-2000 school year. Except none of the kids are blasting Nsync, trading Pokemon card or watching As Told By Ginger.

12783571_10153937280828698_7589761860778496392_oThey may have iPads and texting- but never will they be able to bask in perfecting the ultimate AIM (AOL Instant Messenger) Away Message and profile.

Anyway- there is a reason I’m back in the classroom besides nostalgia. I have partnered with Dancing Classrooms Philly to create original video content to showcase the impact their programs has on middle school students.

As a non-profit organization, Dancing Classroom Philly brings dancing lessons into 5th and 8th grade classrooms through in-school residency programs twice a week for a duration of 2 1/2 months. And the students getting more great workout learning dances ranging from the waltz to the rumba. Social interactions including eye contact, emotional intelligence, body contact and teamwork are all part of the program’s educational experiencE. 

12768130_10153917210298698_4055273941892517245_o Through the grant funded by The Philadelphia Foundation, I have been able to capture the spring residencies of the students at four Philadelphia area schools. By creating exciting video projects, my goal is to show how Dancing Classrooms Philly helps build confidence and break down social barriers in our schools and communities- while spreading the word why #ArtEdWorks!

This has been such fun freelance project and really allows me to use a medium of storytelling that I haven’t been using lately. Here is a sneak peak of a bit of the footage I captured during the 1st week of lessons back in February!

 

 

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What I’d Rather Have Taken in College Instead of Philosophy

images (3)Three years have passed since September meant ‘back to school’ season in my life. It wasn’t that long ago, but being able to refer to a time of my life as ‘my college years’ is weird.

As an adult, the only things that I have to look forward to when the seasons change are wardrobe switches and upcoming paid holidays. Currently the fact that it has become socially acceptable for me to wear boots is big deal. Oh, and pumpkin flavored everything has made life more bearable these days.

Being a few years removed from college has allowed me to reflect on my academic experience, and how my education has impacted my career thus far. My degree in Advertising Communications gave me a sturdy foundation to build upon, but there have been many, many, many career-lessons learned brutally because I was unprepared in certain aspects.

Perhaps they can be categorized as education from the hard knock life or growing pains. However, it would have made a world of difference if my curriculum focused on more practical working skills rather than just industry fundamentals and core classes.

Here are a few classes I wish were on my roaster during college: Continue reading