Friday, May 13, 2016

Using Pictures With Class

*This article was published in the Marshall News Messenger on March 14, 1976. It provides an early indication of the use of technology in the classrooms of MISD.

By Rosanne Kostus
Marshall News Messenger Writer

Lights! Camera! Action!

Take one!

Teachers in Marshall schools are making their television debut this year.

No, they aren't piloting a new television series.

And they aren't going to e seen over national network TV.

They are being video taped in teaching situations so that they may improve their own teaching techniques as well as help others benefit from their tricks of the trade.

Video taping is not new in Marshall schools. It premiered three years ago after the school board authorized a $6,000 budget for the purchase of video taping equipment for the high school broadcasting classes.

But this year, everyone is getting into the act.

Teachers at South Marshall, Robert E. Lee, William B. Travis, and J.H. Moore elementary schools have had starting roles in teaching the ECRI reading program.

The innovative reading method, implemented this year, is yet in the infant stages. For this reason the teachers are finding the video taping sessions helpful in point out their strengths and weakness in teaching the ECRI way.

Some of the teachers were camera-shy at first, Wendell Jones, elementary curriculum coordinator said.

After taping, they felt it was one of the most rewarding experiences for them, he added.

"It's the only way to literally see yourself as you teach," Pat Smith, director of instructional services noted.

After the taping sessions each teacher is allowed to review his or her performance.

A major advantage of video taping, Miss Smith pointed out, is a teacher is able to see how well she is accomplishing her objectives in teaching a subject.

The video tape is also replayed before several teachers so they may learn from a teaching approach or suggest improvements.

"A lot of close up shots are made on the kids," Jones explained, to check their participation.

When they see the camera zoom in on them on the television monitor, "they really love that," Miss Smith laughed.

Some of the children believe video taping is exactly like television.

One child, unfamiliar with the concept, believed he would be seen on his home television set after a taping session.

He asked his mother when he returned home after school if she had seen hiom on television that day, Miss Smith related.

Many budding stars were apprehensive at first about being filmed.

But Jones and Miss Smith noted that it becomes more natural the more the teachers use it.

And interest is building in being filmed.

"I find I have more requests to be filmed then I can fill," Jones said.

And the video programs are popular, Jones and Miss Smith agreed, because they are like watching television at home.

Marshall's equipment, Jones explained, includes a camera, one record, two players, a camera dollie, microphone and monitor.

Students from the broadcasting class generally man the cameras for the classroom taping sessions, however, some of the teachers and Jones and Miss Smith have had a few tries at the helm.

The video taping equipment is also used in the secondary program besides the broadcasting class.

Though video taping equipment is common in several schools in Region VII, Miss Smith noted that the program began first in Marshall schools in the Region.

She also believed Marshall was the only school using video taping system wide.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Moyers, Miss Selma Brotze Honored By AASA

*This article was published in the Marshall News Messenger as a report by The Associated Press on Feb. 23, 1976. It highlights the 1976 American Association of School Administrators (AASA) convention, where nationally-known journalist Bill Moyers -- a 1952 graduate of Marshall High School -- paid tribute to his former teacher, Miss Selma Brotze.

Associated PressMarshall News Messenger

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ -- "Journalists -- good journalists -- are very, very smart people," retired schoolteacher Selma Brotze said proudly as she sat next to prize pupil, Bill Moyers.

Miss Brotze -- or Miss Selma, as she was know to generations of children in the public schools of Marshall, Tex. -- made the observation at a news conference when Moyers, the television journalist, was asked why he was addressing the American Association of School Administrators (AASA) convention here.

Moyers, 41, a press secretary to President Lyndon B. Johnson and former Newsday publisher, said his main purpose in coming to the convention was to honor Miss Selma, who taught him English and journalism at Marshall High School.

The AASA and other education groups selected Moyers, and he in turn chose Miss Selma, to receive Golden Key Awards, which go annually to "an outstanding citizen" and the teacher "who influenced him-her the most."

"Teaching journalism was a hobby. her passion was English," said Moyers, who credited the teacher with combining "the discipline of a top sergeant with a poet's curiosity about knowledge."

Once he balked when she assigned him to analyze the columns of the late Walter Lippman. Moyers said he would have preferred then to write about an easier columnist like Bob Consodine or Walter Winchell.

"She said, 'That's the trouble with journalists. Everybody wants to write or report, and nobody wants to think," Moyers related. He wrote about Lippman.

In his speech, Moyers told several thousand administrators that the nation's mood has changed in the past five years from antagonism to ambivalence.

"Our 'Gross National Psychology,' the sum of our hopes and fears as a people, has taken a bearish plunge," said the Public Broadcasting Service editor, who declared that Americans must develop "selfpropriety."

Moyers was among three journalists called upon to speak at the convention's five general sessions. New York Times columnist William Safire spoke Saturday, and commentator and author Lowell Thomas will appear at the final session tonight.

Consumer advocate Ralph Nader will also appear this afternoon.

Moyers told a reporter who asked why journalists were in such demand on the lecture circuit: "I am worried about the elevation to celebrity status of people who are essentially intermediaries for the public."

Moyers criticized President Ford's executive order last week in forming an Intelligence Oversight Board.

"It is secrecy protected by those who make secrets," said Moyers. "He has diminished the prospect that the public would be made aware before more Vietnams or more Watergates (could occur)."

It is not power that corrupts. It is secrecy, and absolute secrecy corrupts absolutely," said Moyers. "There hasn't been a secret made public in the last 15 years that was harmful to the national security."

When he emphasized, "I'm for the leaks," Miss Selma interjected, "but everything can't be aired."

She later explained that she was against leaks of government secrets "in times of crisis, in times of danger, in times when war might be imminent."

Moyers said he and Miss Selma were "in complete agreement" in those situations.

But he added that as Johnson's press secretary, "most of the secrets I said on the record I couldn't divulge, I was leaking privately to a favorite correspondent."

Moyers is not the only Marshall High School graduate to attain fame. Lady Bird Johnson also attended the school.

So did Y.A. Tittle, the bald former pro football quarterback, whom Miss Selma also taught.

Moyers, a 1952 graduate, worked under Miss Selma in his junior and senior years. She retired in 1968.