Sometimes something really good happens when you give your students something and you watch them work with it. It can be something small, that is the magic for the day.
My Video Tech kids are learning about advertising right now and I gave them a script writing form to use in creating their :30 second commercial. We have already covered the basics of shooting and the rule of thirds for video. Two of my students M and E did a really cool thing, they drew the rule of thirds grid on their script.
I watched them from my presentation station as I was helping another student with the basic idea of camera shots, angles and movements. After the lunch bell rang, I told them how much I liked their idea. So today I created a new version of the script writing form with scene numbers (at least two students asked if they could cut them into strips and rearrange later) and TRT (total running time) for each scene. It helps to go over the basic shots with them again and give them a list of camera moves and shots before you write the script.
It is really cool when you can collaborate with your students, so thanks M, E and S for your help. Hope you can use it in your own teaching.