Note Card Confession
For this project, I had the opportunity to create a "note card confession" for class. In this activity, we had to pick an emotional story (either our own or someone else's told in first person) and tell the story through note cards. It's definitely an interesting concept. If you haven't already, please check out my video above. I like to think that I don't have anything worth confessing in a class assignment so I went the fictional route. In this project I briefly summarize the plot to Hamlet through note cards to the background of Canon in D. At the very least, I hope you'll be entertained.
Creating this video was fairly straightforwards. I simply wrote down what I wished to say and recorder myself flipping through the cards. Afterwards I moved the video to iMovie, added in a soundtrack, and uploaded it. This kind of project would not take a student very long to complete if they had the resources and correct knowledge. What I question is the actual benefits of using this kind of assignment in a classroom. Personally, I feel that there are better avenues to express something. If it's a personal story that is emotional, I don't believe that school is an appropriate place to share it. Likewise, if this is intended for a presentation, I would prefer that my students use a different presentation technique.
I don't have anything against the note card confession. It's a way for all kinds of people to express their feelings. I simply don't believe that it has a place in the classroom when there are many other avenues that students can explore. Perhaps some teacher will find a way to properly incorporate this into a school, but until then, I cannot condone this type of assignment in my classroom.