Post written by John Boone, Instructor
I’m sitting here watching one of my awesome dogs spin in circles chasing her tail and growling because she can’t quite catch it to scratch the itch. So naturally that has led me to think about my classes.
This is the time of year a teacher comes to realize what they have in a class, what kind of individual personalities make up the overall personality of the class, and what strategies need to be used to effectively help each student master the curriculum. It’s an even more fascinating dynamic for the seniors when managing a radio station is their priority. How I guide them and how they figure out how to work as a cohesive unit working towards a common goal of success is crucial.
Every class, every WPPB Staff, is different. I’ve had classes that were particularly talented in sales, or have been particularly innovative and creative, community service based, or excelled in production or performance. By now I usually know which direction we’re headed.
Last year, when we won IBS High School Station of the Year we had a pretty balanced class. It was successful in many areas, which is why we won so many awards. But aside from all the radio talent, a good portion of the class just liked hanging out together, and the class accumulated around 700 community service hours representing the station all over the Upstate. No other class came close to that many hours put in outside of regular school hours, and honestly, I’m not expecting this year’s class to reach that mark either. But that class had its drama too, in fact way too much of it, and it was detrimental at times. But they worked together when it counted.
So what of the Class of 2019? What of the WPPB Staff this year? They are struggling a bit with the team building aspect, but there is still time. They are particularly talented in producing and performing. As long as they can keep distraction at a minimum (not easy), they will put out some really good stuff this year. They think about what they’re doing - I mean really think about it, like some deep stuff at times, and stuff I’ve never heard before on the station. The shows are really good, and I hope y’all check out all of them.
We may never have another year like last year, but I said the exact thing around this time last year. You never know. It’s up to the team to step up, take advantage of opportunities, and see what happens.
As long as they’re not chasing their tails, or getting frustrated because their particular itch isn’t getting scratched, they’ll be okay
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