I was welcomed into my new writing course by the best damn group of students.
The bad thing about that? Last week I had to say goodbye to them for the semester.
Our class was Introductory Writing, and was composed of students in grades 9-12. At first, the idea of teaching writing to students who had either (1) just started high school, (2) were in their last year of high school, or (3) somewhere in the middle was completely and totally overwhelming.
But we jumped in. The best thing about choices? Everyone works with their own strengths and weaknesses and improves, regardless of their ability. These students were excited and motivated (most days, anyway) and willing to take risks in their writing.
I also had the tremendously overwhelming idea that we’d create a podcast together, featuring our best works of the semester.
I had absolutely no clue how to do this, but I listen to a lot of podcasts, so I figured that as long as we had recordings and background music, we’d pull it off, somehow.
It was hard. I’d reserved the last two weeks of the semester for our devotion to recording, and I was glad I did. On our first day, we ran out of working mics. Then, we discovered that most of the places on the Internet we’d wanted to use were blocked by our school filters. Then, my students suddenly became too nervous to talk in front of one another, which halted our recording progress.
In short, most things that could have gone wrong, did.
My students named our production The Blank Page, which will become part of their legacy as students at our school, as we’ll keep adding episodes each semester.
Check out our first episode here and please SUBSCRIBE and rate us!
TL;DR: We made a cool podcast and it was hard.