There is never a dull moment in the SEVA Studio at Arden Middle School. Students that participate in the advanced media class get to create Arden Student News, and each group of students take full advantage of the opportunity to let their individuality shine. Watching students use their imagination in order to share important school information with their peers is part of what brings their media teacher Mr. Rowland to work everyday. These students aren’t just using their creativity, they are also learning skills that they will utilize no matter where their future takes them. Students build on their native technological skills in class and are able to quickly able to produce a daily student news broadcast. More importantly, through producing they learn collaboration, communication, problem solving, project management and more. When these soft and hard skills combine, Arden students are able to create a daily broadcast that not just tells important information, but expresses it in a way that makes their peers remember. Arden’s media program has created an amazing group of young filmmakers who help strengthen their entire school community.
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SEVA Teacher Matt Rowland
Matt Rowland of Arden Middle School in the San Juan Unified School District is this week’s SEVA Teacher. Mr. Rowland has been teaching for 19 years and is still excited to share his knowledge of media with his students every day. When you visit Mr. Rowland’s classroom, you find students from all different backgrounds and experience coming together in their shared love of media production. In Mr. Rowland’s class, each student is able to contribute their unique abilities and interests in their productions and let their creativity shine.
Mr. Rowland clearly enjoys the creativeness his students bring to the table. He helps them further develop their creativity by teaching them technical skills they need to bring their vision to life. He also works with his students to develop their own learning library of tutorial videos that once again shows just how much emphasis Mr. Rowland puts on letting students use their own voice. Mr. Rowland makes the most of a small space and we are amazed by what his students are able to create within the confines of his classroom. He empowers his students to lead each other and to utilize everyone’s unique skills to create a truly collaborative piece. Thank you Mr. Rowland for showing us the power of bringing together people of all different skill sets and backgrounds.