Rhys Daunic, founder of The Media Spot, has been working with The Academy of Talented Scholars (TAOTS), a public K-5 school in Gravesend, Brooklyn, since "before the flood" (actually their inaugural year), as Principal Josephine Sportella-Giusto put it recently. To commemorate and celebrate their first graduating class since opening with K-1 in 2009, Josephine asked TMS to work with her graduating students to create a series of videos to share with the public what works about this school.
The "Happy" (if you can stand to hear the song one more time!) music video was the final installment of their ongoing documentary series. It was outlined and directed by 5th grade students to kick off their graduation ceremony with some energy, and start the tears flowing with sentimental thoughts from each member of the class!
The TAOTS Highlights video is a combination of student produced work, and work that was outlined by Josephine and produced by Rhys to capture processes in the classroom that she feels exemplify the schools' best instructional practices.
This work will continue with the upcoming 5th grade class, bridging their writing curriculum with their NEW media literacy cluster class! Stay tuned for more!