Why I Love My Job: Journalism Teacher

by Gabriel Kipling Tyner, Guest Gen J Blogger

Anthropology is the study of human beings, and in my opinion, TV and Film are the ultimate vehicles to translate humanity to the rest of the world. For example, documentaries are supposed to be the study of what humans are doing by documenting their real lives, real problems, and real solutions. In addition, the study of film is what we think humans are doing. Film is the study of how people react to each other, their environment, and themselves.

In films, we are trying to reproduce the human experience. As a teacher of TV and Film, I have the extraordinary privilege of sharing my passion for storytelling with the next generation.

My degree in Anthropology enables me to give my students one of the best storytelling experiences of their lives. A good storyteller will have a solid intro, sprinkled with some nice controversy, and resolving into a climax that makes you want to jump up and engage in whatever activity the storyteller wants. Getting that emotional response and teaching students about the process from beginning to end has become one of my greatest passions.

With the coming of the 21st century, there are several real life skills that students have to learn if they are going to surpass not only college, but life itself. In order to survive my class, students must learn 21st century skills that include teamwork, leadership, and communication. Teaching TV and Film is not only fun, but a a very important part of my humanity. To quote Eric Jensen, author of Brain Based Learning, “People who teach and train others make a vital contribution to the preservation of humanity”.

Gabriel Kipling Tyner is a TV and Film Teacher at Pine Crest College Preparatory School and a member of the SPJ South Florida Board.

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