TypewriterKeys“Hey, Mrs. Kerby, look what this will do!”   

That’s what I often heard when my high school broadcast journalism students were introduced to a new piece of equipment.

I always replied, “Don’t tell me what it will do—tell me what you can do with it!”

As a teacher, I had the same mindset.   I judged every new technology and every hour of professional development and every bit of new knowledge by asking, “But what can I do with it?”  My class and the programming we produced became my all-important frame of reference.

Sometimes I was able to intuitively and creatively provide my own answers.  Sometimes I took suggestions from others and adapted to my own teaching style.  I’ll be sharing some of my techniques in a series of articles titled Frame of Reference.  The first installment is coming in August.

...Don't tell me what it will do: Tell me what YOU can do with it! The high school broadcast journalism class will be the Frame of Reference for discussing industry practices, instructional methods, resources and journalism content.  From each article, teachers can expect a “take-away” with a clear application for the classroom.  

As a teacher, that’s what I wanted.  Now, I welcome the chance to share these ideas with SVN readers.

Meet Janet Kerby

Kerby00Janet Kerby is a National Board Certified Teacher in Career and Technical Education specializing in broadcast journalism. Janet’s extensive teaching experience and award-winning program at Roane County High School in West Virginia provide the background for her current work in teacher training.   Janet has developed an online graduate course Teaching Broadcast Journalism and is currently teaching that course as part of Kent State University’s online Master of Arts Degree–Journalism Educator Specialization.