Entering the Classroom as a Guest Instructor
Posted by: San Francisco Film Society
As a visiting instructor, you may only be in the classroom during the times allotted for the program. An important part of lesson planning is providing the classroom teacher with the guidance to continue the work that you initiated during your program’s hours so that students are prepared when you return.
Before the Program Begins
• In order to generate enthusiasm and to provide an introduction to you and your work, select some of your own film work that would be appropriate to share with the students.
• Students often work from example. If you have worked with other students to create films before, consider sharing that work with your new class (there are also many examples of student work in our Media Gallery).
• Is there any general knowledge that students should have before the program begins?
• What (preferably non-technical) work is time and/or labor-intensive and requires additional hours that students can accomplish between sessions? (e.g., research, still images needed, drawings for animation, etc.)
• Are there short films or clips that you think would support the project and can be watched in the classroom between visits? What lessons would you like the classroom teacher to emphasize?
• Are there field trips that the class can consider taking that would support their project?
After the Program Ends
• Remember that any collaborative program is a professional development opportunity for both you and your partnering classroom teacher. Schedule a session to debrief with the teacher after your program has ended. They may have valuable tips that will help you to develop your own teaching style and philosophy, and you may be able to provide them with the tools to teach small filmmaking lessons on their own.