Anderson AVID and Austin Bat Cave
Posted by Mr. Earhart on January 17, 2012
I’m mostly posting the below video because I’m proud of myself and my students. What is it about humans that makes being proud feel embarrassing? It’s pretty stupid to have those emotions paired at the age of 30. I digress.
So… for the past three years my AVID students have had the privilege of working with a local non-profit called Austin Bat Cave. Austin Bat Cave is a literacy organization that encourages students to express themselves through creative writing. Austin Bat Cave often brings musicians, authors, and other creative types into the classroom to work with students. Some of my coolest moments as an educator have occurred during Bat Cave workshops, with many students sharing their writings/raps/drawings with their peers in a fashion that resembles an open mic night. There is always great energy in the room for Bat Cave workshops, and I feel very lucky that my students get to work with such an outstanding organization.
We’ll be talking about education over the course of the next few weeks, and I must emphasize that Austin Bat Cave is part of the solution to the consistent failures of education in meeting the needs of students. We can’t continue to ask teachers to do more than they already do; we need a more multifaceted approach, which includes asking the community to do more.
Anywho… the below video was filmed last Friday and Saturday. Austin Bat Cave was paired with a local filmmaker (CORE Media) in a competition against nine other non-profits/filmmakers. Teams had from noon on Friday until noon on Sunday to produce a 5 minute video. All films were screened at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar on Sunday evening, and I’m happy to say that our film won the jury prize, meaning some $ for Austin Bat Cave and automatic entry in a SXSW film event. The film contest was in honor of National Service Day for MLK Day. Details can be found here at the Austinist.
The film features Anderson AVID students, with significant contributions from juniors Unique Standberry and Xochitl Gonzalez. If you know these students, please, congratulate them on a job well done.