Last November, students and staff members at our school were given the opportunity to participate in the filming of a Verizon technology commercial that was just recently released. Obviously, Verizon had a specific outcome in mind when they developed the concept and planned to film on our campus, but for our students, the focus was on the experience, not the final product. It was about the chance to see how a film crew operates. The opportunity to work with a director, Brett Froomer, who took the time to explain the process, and engage our kids in the events of the day. And, of course, the chance for the students to bask in the glory of perceived stardom. For our kids, the product wasn’t terribly important, it was all about the experience.
In education, we spend a lot of time working toward an “end-goal” and worrying about the finished product. In the process, it is important to remember that the journey is as important as the destination.