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Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
3:09 pm
I'm sat covering a film class - a class that one day I wish to be teaching myself - and I can't help but wonder if this is how I acted when I was at college. A few of the students come across as really quite bright and intellectual who aren't afraid of a bit of hard work but others seem to be hell bent on leaving early.

I remember that when I was at college, having a supply teacher supposedly meant an easy lesson. Of course, it didn't work out like that though as the usual teacher would have planned the lesson and subsequent work for the day (usually including homework) and this meant that unless you were in a particularly disruptive class, you were there for the entire session. One girl just came up to me saying that she was finished, I checked her work and when I said that she had to go into more detail about Laura Mulvey's theory of gender and representation threw a bit of a hissy fit and said that it wasn't relevant for her exam next week. Of course it's relevant! Laura Mulvey's theory on the male gaze can be applied to almost any genre of film. Chances are, if they relate her theory to the films they'll be discussing in the exam, the examiner will be impressed. Then she said that she didn't understand the theory - of course she didn't. The work on Laura Mulvey was set as independent research - she'd written 5 lines and there was no mention of the word 'gender' or 'representation'. The work wouldn't have been set if it wasn't relevant. I asked her to elaborate, but again she sighed and looked at the screen. On the other hand, two of the boys asked to go. I looked over their pieces of work and I saw that they had completed it with such detail and they'd obviously thought about the subject matter as they had come up with examples that I didn't expect 16 year olds to.

Perhaps it's because I actually enjoyed college - I enjoyed learning so I tried my best to stand out and do well.

Kids today eh?

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