I received an e-mail introducing this project.
The Teacher Salary Project is soon to be a full-length documentary highlighting the importance of education within US society. The project is based on the New York Times bestselling book "Teachers Have It Easy" by journalist and teacher Daniel Moulthrop, co-founder of the 826 National writing programs Nínive Calegari, and writer Dave Eggers. THE TEACHER SALARY PROJECT is produced by Eggers and Calegari, and directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth.
When I checked out the site, I discovered they really want to let teachers know of this and collect stories from the field. It looks like a great way to expose what day-to-day life is like in the classroom.
Here's an excerpt:
We want to highlight more STORIES FROM THE FIELD. We are collecting materials made and submitted by YOU! Express your feelings creatively. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Write a letter or poem
- Photograph a school activity in action
- Document a class with audio recordings
- Create a musical composition
- Dedicate a song and dance
- Produce a music video
- Build something with mixed media and photograph it
- Write a short biography
- Record some of your favorite sayings or activities
- Use crayons, craypas, paint, pencil, chalk, or recycled materials to construct art
- Create a magazine collage
- Share something you use every day that your teacher or student taught you
- Share a funny story
- Put together a video journal
There are a lot of intriguing and interesting reviews and it seems to be a ground breaking type of documentary.
I don't know the entire scope of the documentary but I do know I welcome any opportunity to expose the truth and authenticity of what teaching really is.